Rith 2012: Get on yer ‘brógaí reatha’!

This morning will see the arrival of ‘Rith 2012’ in Belfast, organisers are confident that hundreds will turn out to support the event.

‘Rith’, the Gaelic for ‘run’ is a ten day event in which thousands of Irish speakers and supporters of the language will run from Gaoth Dobhair in Donegal to Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands.

The idea is based on the Basque ‘Korrika’.

The runners began the epic journey on Thursday in An Bun Beag, Gaoth Dobhair, making their way to An Sráth Bán in Tyrone.

The ‘Rith’ will finish in Inis Mór on St. Patrick’s Day.

This is the second time the event has been ‘run’, all reports are that the event is being very well supported this year.

As this piece is being typed the ‘Rith’ is making its way across Derry and South Antrim, you can track the progress here, http://www.rith.ie/gps-rith.
The ‘Rith’ will be in Béal Feirste tomorrow, starting at Gaelscoil Éanna in Clann Ghormlaithe at 8:45!

It will then make its way through Armagh to Monaghan where the Bun Beag based ‘Cabaret Craiceáilte’ will be transplanted to for the evening.

More information can be found on www.rith.ie.

Update 18:00 12 March 2012 : Here is what it looks like, this is the Gaoth Dobhair > Strabane leg. Remember, it is a relay, not everyone runs at once and no-one could actually run the whole way.

Rith, Gaoth Dobhair go Sráth Ban

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