The Metals opens as an Irish Heart Foundation route

The Metals walking and cycling route in Dun Laoghaire is to be opened as a Irish Heart Foundation Slí na Sláinte walking route next week, here’s the press release for the council:

As part of the Irish Sports Council’s National Walking Event, in conjunction with Operation Transformation, a new Irish Heart Foundation Slí na Sláinte walking route, ‘The Metals’, will be launched by An Cathaoirleach Cllr. Lettie McCarthy on Saturday, 15th January 2011 at 12pm in County Hall, Dún Laoghaire. On this day every county in Ireland will have a similar walking event to cater for all levels of fitness, but may be of particular interest to those looking to start exercising again.

Slí na Sláinte (“Path to Health”) is a unique initiative of the Irish Heart Foundation designed to encourage people to get more active and get walking, on routes marked out at 1 km intervals.

The Metals Slí na Sláinte route is 3km in length (6km return) from Dún Laoghaire Pier to Dalkey, suitable for all levels of walker and it is supported by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Department of Transport’s Smarter Travel Project Fund and Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership.

Speaking in advance of the event, An Cathaoirleach Cllr McCarthy remarked, “Connecting Dún Laoghaire to Dalkey, the new route takes in some of the most scenic and historical streetscapes  and villages in the County and provides an attractive link for pedestrians and cyclists to DART stations, schools, recreational facilities and shopping.  Residents and visitors alike will benefit from this new amenity, and I strongly encourage the community to come out and join us at the launch of the new Slí na Sláinte route and the Irish Sport Council’s National Walking Event on January 15.”

Edel Byrne from the Irish Heart Foundation added: “We hope the community of Dún Laoghaire will get great enjoyment and benefit from the new Slí na Sláinte route in the town. Getting active makes such a big difference to your heart and overall health, helping to reduce stress, ease back pain and reduce the risk of heart disease. For heart health adults need at least 30 minutes of physical activity, such as brisk walking, five days a week. By having a clearly marked and safe walking route, we aim to make it easier for people in Dún Laoghaire to get active as part of their normal day.”

The new Slí na Sláinte will be launched by an enjoyable walk along the route and the unveiling of the route map board, followed by light refreshments. Trained walking leaders will be available and the event will include information on the history of The Metals. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

For further information on this event and to register your interest please contact Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Sports Partnership at 01-2719507 or sportspartnership@dlrcoco.ie.

Anyone seeking further info on Slí na Sláinte routes can contact Edel Byrne, Slí na Sláinte National Co-ordinator at the Irish Heart Foundation, 4 Clyde Road, Dublin 4, Tel: 01 668-5001 or e-mail: ebyrne@irishheart.ie

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