South Dublin County Council (SDCC) and South Dublin Chamber, in partnership with Killary Gaelforce held the third annual Gaelforce Dublin event recently. Over 600 brave souls, kayaked, cycled and ran their way through a challenging course in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains. Glorious weather greeted the competitors at the starting point in Tallaght Stadium, with participants choosing to take on the 29km or 49km routes.With competitors starting at Tallaght Stadium, running through Sean Walshe Park, cycling a demanding uphill route to Bohernabreena Reservoir where each competitor faced a kayaking challenge on the reservoir surrounded its beautiful landscapes. From there competitors took on Kippure Mountain with its panoramic views of South Dublin before returning to the finish line at Tallaght Stadium.
Frank Nevin, Director of Service for SDCC’s Economic, Enterprise and Tourism Development Department, said, “We are delighted to have brought Gaelforce Dublin back to our county for another year. The continued success of the event is a testament to the Council’s Tourism Strategy and to our ongoing collaboration with South Dublin Chamber.” Ciara Young, Director of Killary Gaelforce, said, “We are in awe of the amazing achievement of all the competitors from last Saturday’s Gaelforce Dublin, from the first to the last person over the finish line it is a tough challenge! The event really showcases how lucky we are to have such beautiful landscapes so close to the city.”
The Male 49km race was won by Shane Scully in a time of 2:18:15 and the Female 49k race was won by Áine Mahony in a time of 2:53:26. The Male 29km race was won by Patrick Fitzgerald in a time of 1:34:26 and the Female 29k race was won by Orlaith Smith in a time of 1:50:24.