Darndale really did ‘Get the Message Out!’ re the horrors of addiction

Health and fitness the best prevention against drugs and alchohol

by Rose Barrett
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Hundreds of runners of all abilities, along with family and friends, descended on Darndale Park for the second ‘Get The Message Out Darndale Another Way 5K’.

Darndale’s famous community spirit was not found lacking at last week’s free event, which forms part of the Get The Message Out (GTMO) campaign to steer young people away from addiction and crime and support those determined to exit that lifestyle.

There was a 1km fun-run organised for children and youth under 13 years of age. Last year’s inaugural event was also an outstanding success, attracting so many runners of all ages, whilst at the same time promoting alternatives to addiction and crime.

Women’s winners Sophia O’Brien at the ‘Get The Message Out Darndale Another Way 5K’ at Darndale Park. Pic: Siobhan Taylor.

The event is spearheaded by local man, father and ex-prisoner Ger Redmond. He told the Dublin Gazette that sport and fitness had helped turn his life around following the birth of his son, prompting him to become a Get The Message Out Ambassador. See previous story: https://dublingazette.com/whats-on/events/darndale-annual-walk-56423/

According to Dr Jack Nolan, the chair of the Darndale Economic and Social Plan implementation group, such events are needed to show communities affected by drugs, that they are not forgotten. 

Jitterbug Jackson with Carmel O’Callaghan, Active Cities Officer, Dublin Sports Partnership at Darndale Park. Pic Siobhan Taylor.

The Darndale Economic and Social Plan was initiated by Dublin City Council and its Implementation Oversight Group (IOG) is supported by the authority. Dr Nolan paid tribute to all those involved in the event.

“The Get The Message Out Darndale Another Way 5K encourages people to consider a different way of life by highlighting opportunities, services and activities available to help them to reach their full potential,” he said.

Men’s winner David Rooney. Pic Siobhan Taylor.

All pre-registered finishing runners received a medal, t-shirt and goodie bag, with contact information for the Get The Message out campaign, for those who may one day need it.

Winners – Men’s: David Rooney; Women’s: Sophia O’Brien; 1K (6yrs-8, male): Ross Redmond (6-8 female): Ella Rose Barry; (9-11, male): Brackenston O’Shea; (9-11, female): Remy Kennedy; (U13, male): Will Conroy.

Well done to all who participated and supported on the day!

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