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Woodlands for Health programme by Limerick Sports Partnership

Emer O’Leary Get Ireland Walking, John McElhinney Mental Health Ireland, Claire Flynn Limerick Mental Healthy, Brenda Ryan Ryan’s Centra Raheen, Liam Cantwell Limerick Sports Partnership and Charlie Burke Coillte. Picture: Keith Wiseman

Woodlands for Health programme for your Mental Health organised by Limerick Sports Partnership

Limerick Sports Partnership has introduced a new way of getting healthy for your mind as well as your body.

Woodlands for Health is a new walking for mental health initiative for Limerick and provide an opportunity for people who experience mental health challenges in their daily lives to walk in a nature-based environment.




Research has shown that engagement with nature through outdoor activities can have a significant positive impact on a person’s health and wellbeing.

Woodlands for Health is an innovative development initiated by Coillte setting out to utilise the health value that woodland activities can provide.  Limerick Sports Partnership, Limerick Mental Health Association and Mental Health Ireland have come together to bring this fantastic programme to the hills and forests of Limerick.

The details of the programme are as follows: Walk every week for 12 weeks,  meet at Arthurs Quay every Monday at 11.30, the bus will transport group to and from walking location (local forest/woodland), group will be supported by walking volunteers and leaders, light lunch will be provided

Phelim Macken Limerick Sports Partnership, Aine Volunteer with Limerick Mental Health Association, Charlie Burke Coillte, Emer O Leary Get Ireland Walking, Claire Flynn Limerick Mental Health Association, John McElhinney Mental Health Ireland and Liam Cantwell Limerick Sports Partnership Picture: Keith Wiseman

Phelim Macken, Sports Co-ordinator with Limerick Sports Partnership said: “This is an exciting new programme for Limerick which is modeled on the established “Woodlands for Health” programme based in Wicklow. While an outcome of the programme is to improve participant well-being, this encompasses many factors including; improved quality of life, improved sleep, improved physical fitness, social functioning, personal confidence, improved awareness etc.”

For more information about Woodlands for Health contact Liam Cantwell or Elaine Shea at Limerick Sports Partnership on 061 333600 or email [email protected] or [email protected].  You can also contact Limerick Mental Health Association on [email protected].


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