A new Slí na Sláinte walking route was launched in Bruff this afternoon (Friday, 16th October), the 12th such route to be developed in Limerick.
Developed by the Irish Heart Foundation and supported by Bruff Tidy Towns, Limerick Sports Partnership and Limerick City & County Council, the 3.5 kilometre route is located north of the town and is designed to encourage people to get more active and get walking.
The sign-posted route was launched by Deputy Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr. Gerald Mitchell.
“We have already seen in other parts of Limerick how Slí na Sláinte routes have benefited those local communities. There is no doubt that these routes have been a tremendous success and I am sure that this new “Path to Health” will be well used by the local community in the future,” he told community members in attendance.
“Active involvement in recreational activities is important throughout life as it has a positive impact on our health and well-being. The Slí na Slainte routes enhance the recreational opportunities for children, youths and adults in the local community. I look forward to similar developments taking place in other parts of the County in years to come,” the Deputy Mayor added.
Tara Curran from the Irish Heart Foundation said: “Getting active makes such a big difference to your heart and overall health, helping to reduce stress, ease back pain and reduce the risk of heart disease. For heart health adults need at least 30 minutes of physical activity, such as brisk walking, five days a week. By having a clearly marked and safe walking route, we aim to make it easier for people in Bruff to get active as part of their normal day.”
Limerick’s Slí na Sláinte routes are located in Abbeyfeale, Adare, Askeaton, Athea, Bruff, Castleconnell, Castletroy, Kings Island, Knocklong, Limerick City, Newcastle West and Rathkeale.