Sporting celebration for Limerick’s older people


Go for life gamesby Martha Ewence

LIMERICK people will be joining 300 older people from seventeen counties who will celebrate sport as part of Age and Opportunity’s annual Go for Life Games this Saturday, June 7 at Dublin City University.

Now in the third year Go For Life will bring together older participants along with their supporters for a festival of fun sporting activities. Each county will have teams taking part in three games which are based on some of the activities played by Go for Life groups around the country.

40,000 people take part in Go for Life activities annually.

The teams represent older people’s groups from seventeen Local Sport Partnership areas including Limerick.

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Mary Harkin, Go For Life Programme Director, says “With 300 players from all over the country the Go for Life Games is a great day of energy and enthusiasm. But it is only the tip of the ice-berg.  With huge support from local sports partnerships, these games are being played locally in groups and communities by hundreds more. It’s a real demonstration of how a little pot of money wisely used, can go a very long way”.

Over the next few years, Age and Opportunity plans to build the games into one of Ireland’s most significant amateur multi-sporting events.