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Art O'Neill 2015 - Thunderbirds are go

The great news is that the Art O’Neill Challenge will be on in 2015.

There are some changes this year. An improved registration process but we are still limited to 200 participants so the unavoidable truth is that we simply can’t please everyone. As the demand is very high we have opted for a postal entry system this year. Also due to the fact that numbers can’t be increased the registration fee has increased to €110 this year due to rising costs of running the event.

2015 Application Form


Welcome to Art O'Neill 2015!

On January 6th, 1592 Art O’Neill, his brother Henry, and Red Hugh O'Donnell made a bid for freedom from Dublin Castle. It was the middle of winter and Ireland was held fast in its icy clutches but they hoped to reach the relative safety of the remote Glenmalure Valley over 50km away.

Ill equipped and underfed they were the only prisoners ever to successfully escape captivity from Dublin Castle but it was an ill fated journey with Art O’Neill dying from exposure only miles from his goal. Commemorate their great strength of spirit by making your own journey from Dublin Castle to Glenmalure but with a little help from us! Walk or Run you decide but this event is a challenge and adventure for everyone and one you will never forget. The only real question aside from Are you up for it? is......

Will you make it to Glenmalure?

Trek Challenge

Trek through the night and into morning in a friendly group. We organise guides & food stations to make this formidable challenge as fun and accessible as possible. Those with experience can lead their own groups.

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Hybrid Challenge

Want to mix running & trekking for a really tough challenge with some mountain camaraderie? We'll help you coordinate a plan to push your own group on the run and at half-way point to meet a trekking group to take you to the finish

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Ultra Challenge

Want to run the escape route like you just broke out of jail? This challenge is an ultra marathon for the serious athlete only. Trail and road running, night navigation, and winter conditions Regarded as one of the toughest ultra's in Ireland.

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