Na Gaeil Oga’s solo challenge to the GAA community

by Stephen Findlater

Na Gaeil Óga, Dublin’s fastest growing GAA club, launched An Solo Fada this week, the world’s first race to combine a trusty 5km time trial with the ancient art of the solo run. 

The challenge will see participants of all ages race against each other and a host of famous GAA faces including Dublin’s Rory O’Carroll, Donegal’s Kevin Cassidy and TG4’s Caitlín Nic Aoidh to see how fast they can run 5km while soloing a ball.

The challenge will take place the weekend of February 27 and 28. All proceeds will go towards fuelling the growth of Na Gaeil Óga CLG, the county’s only Irish speaking GAA club. 

The Lucan based club was founded in 2010 and now boasts almost 600 playing members across 30 teams.

Speaking about the challenge Dublin great Rory O’Carroll said: “Na Gaeil Óga are a club close to my heart, the work they are doing promoting the Irish language through the medium of Gaelic games is really groundbreaking and I’m delighted to support them in any way I can.”

Rónán Ó Dalaigh, Cathaoirleach of Na Gaeil Ogá added: “Everyone knows it’s been a tough start to the year for GAA clubs all over the country. We wanted to give players and fans all over the country something to look forward to. 

“We hope this challenge will capture the GAA and wider community’s imagination to raise funds to help sustain our rapid growth as one of Ireland’s fastest growing sports clubs.”

You can sign up to the ‘An Solo Fada’ challenge on Eventbrite. The entry fee is €25 per person or €50 for a family. Adults must solo continuously for 5km; for children aged 11-14 the distance is 2km and for kids under 10 the distance is 1km. 

Post a video or share a picture of you participating in the challenge on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #SoloFada and tag @nagaeiloga.

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