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Keeping Active


Keeping active and being outdoors even during the winter; looking after your physical health can help your mental health and wellbeing.


Take a look below at some opportunities to get off the couch and get active.

Bealtaine At Home 2021
Bealtaine is a month long festival in May featuring performances, exhibitions, discussions, workshops and readings by artists working in different art forms all over Ireland. This year all activities in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown will be online and ‘Bealtaine at Home’ features a variety of great free activities, including story telling; drama; arts and crafts workshops; gardening and cookery demonstrations; Dance Theatre Ireland dance well at home; chair yoga; flower arranging; Beginners Zoom computer lessons; workshops on accessing the digital services that dlr libraries offer as well as creative writing; Ciorcal Comhrá Gaeilge and much, much more!
‘Bealtaine at Home’ is organised by dlr Libraries, dlr Arts Office and the Age Friendly Office with the co-operation of the PPN, Dublin South FM and Southside Partnership. You can find all information on the programme and how to register for events here

Chair Yoga: SWAN are running a free 9 week online Chair Yoga class on Thursdays at 1.00pm - 2.00pm, starting Thursday 15th April 2021. If you would like to sign up to participate please contact Sandra on 0861744863 or Tracey on 0861382482

Older Adult Online Exercise Classes

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership are linking up with Siel Bleu to deliver a 12-week online exercise programme for over 55's and a second one for over 65's. They are free, interactive and will include a phone call with the instructor before the first session to make sure the participants are prepared and if they have any particular needs. For more information or to register please email

Couch To 3K

Whether you have never jogged before or if you just want to get more active, Couch to 3K is an easy way of getting more energy and feeling healthier. This DLR Sports Partnership programme is for everyone, male and female, who would like to get from walking to jogging, but might be a little unsure on how to get started. The programme works because it is not just focused on running, it starts with a mix of walking and jogging to gradually build up your fitness & stamina. It is aimed at beginners and based on your time and ability to participate.  Includes warm ups, stretching, cool downs, weekly activity plans and information videos sent to participant throughout the 6 weeks. Participants receive medals and other materials at the end of the programme. A new 6-week programme is starting at the beginning of April and you can register your interest by emailing Kevina at

Men On the Move

Men on the Move is a free 12-week physical activity programme aimed at adult men over the age of thirty to support them to become active, have fun and improve their fitness levels in a social group. The twice weekly one-hour physical activity sessions online focus on aerobic exercises for 30-40 minutes and then works on core strength and flexibility for twenty minutes. We will be including a variety of different sessions some of which include walking, circuits and running. Click here

IWA Multi-Sports Club

A virtual multi-sport club for children with a physical disability. Weekly zoom sessions for 10-20 children with supervisors facilitated by the Sports Partnership and IWA Sport. Each week the participants will have 10 minutes of meet and greet followed by 40 minutes of a different sport each week. For more information or to register please email Brian O'Donnell at

“Lets Stay Active Together" Challenges

To help you stay active at home find challenges to suit all ages and abilities including “The Grandparents Challenge”, “The Scrambled Leg Challenge”, “The Fighting Fit Challenge”, and the “Move to the Rhythm Dance Challenge”. Click here for more information.

Online Video Sports Activities

To keep motivated and active focuses on different ages, activities, abilities, and specific sports – Check out their YouTube channel here.

Activities for All – Physical Activity Plan to Support People with a Disability

A 4-week physical activity plan designed for people with a disability, aims to improve people’s fitness, skills and balance as well as helping build confidence to regularly participate in sport and physical activity. Click here for more information.

Older Adult Home Exercise Plan

A printable resource, developed to support older adults to try and reach the minimum of 30 minutes of daily physical activity. Helps build strength and confidence in the body, to support people being more physically active as well as developing transferable skills for everyday life. Click here for more information.

Volunteer Training organised by DLR Sports Partnership

- Safeguarding 1 & 2 Workshops online.

- Autism in Sport Workshop (CARA) 

- Safe Return to Sport - Take the Covid-19 Return to Sport Course. Sport Ireland has created an online Covid-19 Return to Sport Course for coaches and volunteers to help return to sporting activities. More information by emailing and online here.

SWAP – Senior Wellness and Activity Programme – Staying Active Programme

Local community programme aimed at involving disadvantaged older people, including those with dementia and intellectual disabilities, in physical activity to boost mental health and wellbeing and to encourage them to stay socially connected. Click here for more information.   Contact: Southside Partnership -

Lifting your Spirits through Dance for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Exhilarating and creative modern dance classes for those with mental health issues and seniors. The focus of the class is improving health & well-being through the creative, physical and cognitive aspects of dance while enhancing social connection. Dance Theatre of Ireland – Tel: 01 280 3455 or email

Physical Activity & Mental Health Initiative for Young Traveller Men Aged 16-25

Activity programme to enhance physical and mental wellbeing in a supportive environment offering support and advice on mental health issues.   Contact: Exchange House – Tel: 01 872 1094 or email

Living Well with Dementia - Weekly walking Group in Cabinteely Park

Due to current Government guidelines these weekly walks have been suspended, but will recommence when restrictions allow. Walks are inclusive of people with dementia, taking place Thursday afternoons. The walks are a great way to meet new people while getting some valuable exercise. For further Info & to Register Email: Mary Spain  or Phone: 086 041 8450

Living Well with Dementia  - Weekly Movement to Music Online Class

Every Friday and a wonderful uplifting class encouraging people to keep dancing in their own homes. Email and more information available here 

Men’s Sheds Exercises & Siel Bleu 

Siel Bleu have a series of online exercises for Shedders classes. To watch the videos click here

Age & Opportunity Exercises 

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11am on Facebook. Click here for more information.

Dance Theatre Ireland

Well Dance for Seniors, At Home,  Thursdays 11 am
Well Dance is a way, a time & a place to re-discover important things and turn strangers into friends.  A dance hour that is not only Good for you, it improves mood, fitness and hope. It addresses quality of life for many people, their health, value and well being.  Moving, learning something new, getting lost in the wonder of moving  together—dance can tap forgotten parts of the human experience of living, and  transport people to a kinaesthetic place.  Dancing matters, the Arts matter, because they help us to understand how  WE matter! Info & Registration Email: 

Dancing Well with Parkinsons, Fridays 11-12 am is a weekly movement class for people with Parkinson's and their carers. It can be done entirely seated or combining seating and standing-- it's a do as you are able glass--- all to great music.  Designed to improve breathing, balance, flexibility and strength, and for sheer fun. In conjunction with Move4ParkinsonsInfo & Registration Email:

Well-Dance for Seniors Thursdays 11am is an extremely popular modern dance programme; It’s a movement class that will guide you through a series of simple, modern and creative dance movements & exercises to improve breathing, balance, fluidity, flexibility and strength-- all to a great range of music (For example: Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Eva Cassidy and more) – These classes set you up for the day, with exceptional fun and fantastic results. Info & Registration Email:

Movement & Music inclusive of people with Dementia (and their families) Fridays 12:30-1:30pm these classes increase physical, mental and emotional wellbeing and are a great way to have fun and lift the spirits –always with great music. While Government restrictions are in place these classes take place over the Zoom platform. For further Info & to Register Email: Mary Spain  or Phone: 086 041 8450

Skipping Programme for Schools

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown will be rolling out a Skipping Rope Programme to primary schools and TY students from mid October. Training will include long rope, double dutch and individual skipping rope training which is fun and great for physical literacy, stamina, coordination and focus. If your school is interested in this programme email

Get Going Get Rowing

Get Going Get Rowing is an initiative by Rowing Ireland under the Women in Sport Programme to develop and encourage young people in schools and beyond to try indoor rowing. We are currently rolling out the programme to 3 schools in the Ballyogan area.  click here  for more information or email