Read more › News - 6th March 2019

Walking parkrun

Last Saturday, 2 March, Park Walk was launched at parkrun events across Ireland. Co-Event Director Sharon, from Castletown parkrun, explains Park Walk and introduces three inspiring Park Walk leaders.   We have always welcomed walkers at parkrun and very especially at Castletown, but from last week, and for the next six weeks, walkers will get an extra…

Read more › News - 16th July 2018

parkrun profile: Castletown

Castletown parkrun began on 24 October 2015 with 203 walkers, runners and volunteers taking part. The course is set amongst beautiful 18th century parklands in the amazing OPW grounds of Castletown House and parklands. Sharon Ashmore, Co-Event Director alongside Philip Slattery, tells us more…   After falling in love with the concept of parkrun at a very…

Wally hip replacement
Read more › News - 10th July 2018

There’s parkrun life after a hip operation!

Wally Moore took part in Castletown parkrun exactly six months after having a total hip replacement. As Wally’s wife Finola explains, there can be plenty of parkrun life after major surgery.   “Are you doing the parkrun tomorrow?” I was asked by my husband Wally at 11pm on Friday night.   “I might” I said,…

Seamus Mid
Read more › News - 18th April 2018

Leather recliner to parkrun to 10k

In January 2010 a very strange thing happened in our household that was to have a life changing occurrence – we ran out of milk and being a big tea drinker, oh this was big. So I left the comfort of my leather recliner to drive to the village to purchase the much needed milk….

Read more › News - 24th November 2017

Dyspraxia and parkrun

Dyspraxia has had a few different names over the years ranging from ‘clumsy child syndrome’ to its most recent name Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). When I was diagnosed in 1998 very little was known about dyspraxia. When people heard I was dyspraxic most common responses were ‘dys-what?’ and ‘Do you mean dyslexic?’.   As things…

Read more › News - 3rd August 2017

One barcode is all you need

Saturday 29 July 2017 was my 50th parkrun. Little did I ever expect in January 2016 that I would become a parkrun addict and within 18 months have completed 50 runs and taken nearly 10 minutes off my first parkrun time.   I signed up to parkrun along with hubby Donal as he’s from a…

Read more › News - 15th May 2017

parkrunner of the Week – Sean Heneghan

Name: Sean Heneghan Age: 47 Home parkrun: Castletown parkrun Occupation: Team Manager Number of runs: 43 Favourite volunteer role: Pre-event Setup How has parkrun changed your running: I run everyday before work but being around others at parkrun has helped me improve my pace. The other runners are so friendly and help us to keep pace. Years ago I could easily run…

Castletown house backdrop 1
Read more › News - 12th May 2017

Castletown Demesne – The oldest and greatest of the Palladian Mansions of Ireland

The Office of Public Works has responsibility for the day-to-day running of all National Monuments in State care and National Historic Properties. Oldbridge, Castletown, Kilkenny, and New Ross parkruns are all hosted on their sites.   Hugh Bonar, who manages Castletown House, explains how parkrun has become yet another chapter in this property’s fascinating history….

Haj Slattery
Read more › News - 7th April 2017

parkrunner of the Week – Haj Slattery

Name: Haj Slattery Club: Lust for Life Age: 39+ Occupation: Homemaker Number of runs: 21 Favourite volunteer role: Timekeeping. I know it’s a run not a race, but it’s exhilarating to watch parkrunners give their 110% on that last stretch. I can’t help but go ape (yes, literally jumping and gibbering!). How has parkrun changed your…

Sharon Ashmore
Read more › News - 23rd March 2017

Pop over and say hi

After a serious childhood illness I was never allowed to participate in sports at school, with the exception of maybe a gentle jog around the playing fields when everybody else was playing hockey.   I got into running after a neighbour asked me to join a couch to 5k programme with her… and the rest…

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