Enjoy the Experience
Welcome to the 2nd Annual International
Supported by Triathlon Ireland, Swim Ireland, the HSE, Order of Malta Ambulance Service, and Lidl
IronMonth 2022 Press Release (11 April 2022)
Oliver Callan supports #IronMonth on the Ryan Tubridy Show, RTÉ One
#IronMonth 2022 in the Press
IronMonth 2022 in Pictures
Look back at the IronMonth 2021
Virtual Visit to An Saol
An Saol on RTÉ News and TG4
#IronMonth is a whole community, inclusive challenge, taking place during May.
Do you think you could complete an Ironman-style triathlon (3.8k swim, 42k run/walk, 180k cycle, ) in a month / three weeks / a fortnight / a week / three days / two days / a day?
Please join us and sign up. We will more than welcome you even if you feel that one element of the IronMonth is too hard or if you might not be able to finish it in a month. The IronMonth is all about putting your best effort in and sharing it with your supporters and team mates. It’s about being part of a community who will not give up.
This year we’re kicking off with a difference: Join us for the inaugural TRYathlon, in association with Triathlon Ireland. Complete a short, in-person, non-competitive triathlon on the grounds of the state-of-the-art Sports Ireland Campus.
Support the Foundation’s efforts to build an environment where Live and Living with a severe Acquired Brain Injury (sABI) is possible.
The IronMonth Challenge 2022 is the second annual fundraiser for the An Saol Foundation. All proceeds will be ringfenced and be exclusively used for the direct benefit of clients of the Centre. Donations will not be used to cover day-to-day running costs.
Please sign up for the 2022 IronMonth Challenge, and maybe for the kick-off TRYathlon event on 01 May, and the Open on 28 May here.
Ask five of your friends to support you and sign up as well here.
Unleash Your Strength
#IronMonth serves to remind us that everyone has different abilities and capabilities in life. Some people may be able to complete the whole challenge in one day. Others may take several days or weeks. It is up to you how much of the challenge you complete at a time, logging your walk/run/cycle/swim as you go. The aim of the game is to start on 01 May and to have gone the distance by midnight on 31 May.
Join the 2022 IronMonths
National and International Participation
Organise your own local IronMonth Group
No matter where you are in the world – why not organise your own local 2022 IronMonth Challenge Supporters Group and meet up to complete a swim, a cycle, or a run together.
Let us know if we can help you with the organisation or send you on some t-shirts and light sports bags for encouragement! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Above all, share your experience with us using #Iron-Month.
Sunday, 01 May 2022, 07:45 – 12:00 noon, NAC
Supported by Triathlon Ireland and Irish Village Markets
If you want to kick off this year’s Iron-Month with us, join us at the National Aquatic Centre (NAC) in Blanchardstown for a fun Super Sprint TRYathlon suitable for all who can swim 500m, cycle 20k, and run/walk 5k.
The event is non-competitive and will give you an opportunity to complete a super sprint triathlon-style event. You will have an opportunity to change to your cycling/running gear after the swim. We will complete the events of this TRYathlon together – what counts is that we’ll do this together, not the individual racing times.
We will have food and music available for participants, families, and friends – thanks to the generous support of Irish Village Markets and Friends of the An Saol Foundation.
An Saol Foundation NeuroRehab Centre Santry
OPEN DOOR with Entertainment and BBQ
Saturday, 28 May 2022, 12:00 hrs – 14:00 hrs
Join us for a get-together at the An Saol Foundation’s Neurological Rehabilitation Day Centre in Santry (D09 YX84). Spend some time with staff, clients, families, friends, and supporters of An Saol – and above all with other athletes who have participated in the 2022 International IronMonth Challenge.
Please register here.
About the An Saol Foundation
At An Saol, we afford every opportunity to those with a severe Acquired Brain Injury (sABI) and other neurological injuries or conditions to live their life with dignity and respect, to continue to improve, to regain as much independence and self-determination as possible, and for their injuries to heal. We support all those affected, including the families and those closest to those directly affected. We strive to do this in a truly supportive, client-centred and client-driven environment.
Rehabilitation, integration, participation, and equality for those affected by a sABI is not a nice to have, it is a basic human right we are claiming for those who cannot claim it by themselves.
In doing this, we connect the latest research with the practice of rehabilitation. We create an inclusive health and social rehabilitation environment, supported by our experienced therapists and other support staff, we use state of the art rehabilitative and orthopaedic technologies and methods, collaborate with researchers and practitioners nationally and internationally, and encourage the circle of support of those affected by sABI, directly and indirectly, to remain actively involved in “life and living”.
While An Saol does receive much needed funding from the HSE, we need to continuously fundraise to sustain and develop our services.
Join the Challenge
Any donation is greatly appreciated and goes towards vital support for the most vulnerable in our community. We will ringfence all financial support raised during fundraising activities for the direct benefit of our clients. Your donations will not be used to finance the day-to-day running costs of the Centre or “disappear” to cover general administration costs.
Even if you can’t join in the challenge, we would really appreciate it if you could spread the word and make a donation to the cause. Please spread the word on your own social media, using the hashtag #IronMonth.
If you would like to participate in the 2022 IronMonth Challenge or any of the Community Events please register here.
This will allow us to see how many people have been joining the challenge and allow us to connect with all participants.
Fundraising is being done through GoFundMe. You can join the fundraising team for this event here. Social media is a great way to promote the event, seek donations and keep people updated on your progress. Share your progress and the donation link, using the hashtag #IronMonth.
An Saol Foundation
We will afford every opportunity to people with a severe Acquired Brain Injury (sABI) to live their life with dignity and respect, to continue to improve, to regain as much independence and self-determination as possible, and for their injuries to heal, supported by adequate therapies.
AN SAOL is about the quality of life we should provide for our sons, daughters, family and friends when they are at their most vulnerable.
However careful we are, and however slim the odds, a severe brain injury is something that can happen to anyone, and any family, at any time. One second, things are happy and normal… then, heaven forbid, the next second they are anything but.
Life can change in the blink of an eye… but quality of life should not. Some are quick to believe life will no longer be worth living after such an unfortunate event. Worse, precious little is done to help make lives more livable from that point forward!
It’s inconceivable that we use the latest in medical technology to save someone’s life… yet ignore research and best practices to then care for them. Please help us raise awareness. One day we’ll all realise this is wrong… How about TODAY?
Mon – Fri: 09:00 am – 17:30 pm
An Saol Foundation Neurological Rehabilitation Day Centre
7 Airvista Office Park,
Santry, Dublin 9, D09 YX84.
T: +353 (0)1 8622 716
M: +353 (0)87 6736414