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16 Mar 2016

Hundreds of Irish speakers and supporters of the language ran through the streets of Armagh on Saturday, when the national relay fun run Rith 2016 visited the city. The run, which will visit each of the 32 counties in Ireland, aims to raise the profile of the Irish language across the country. The run, which commenced in County Kildare on 4 March and finished outside the GPO on O’Connell Street in Dublin on 14 March, saw thousands of people taking part, carrying a baton containing a message from Irish President, Mícheál D. Ó hUiginn.

The Armagh leg of the run got underway at the Pearse Óg social club with representatives from CAIRDE Teo, Pearse Óg GFC, Drumarg Community Association, St Patrick’s Grammar School, Cú Chullain hurling club, St Brigid’s camogie club and Armagh Harps GFC making their way through the town. The Gaels of Armagh were also joined by students from Gaelcholáiste Chill Dara who travelled from Kildare to take part in the run. As the runners made their way through
the city centre with plenty of noise and colour on show, shoppers, customers and business owners came out onto the street to cheer them on. The run finished up at Armagh Harps social club, where a traditional music session was held featuring the members of Ciorcal Comhrá Ard Mhacha.
The Armagh leg of the run was organised by local community organisation CAIRDE Teo, who would like to thank all of the stewards and the groups for taking part. The legs of the Armagh run were sponsored by Armagh GAA, Cairde Teo and Gael Linn. All money raised from the run will go towards helping Irish language projects throughout Ireland.