Mayo Sanctuary Runners will begin an eight week 5k running programme tonight in Ballyhaunis.

The Couch to 5k run will commence from the Park in Ballyhaunis at eight o’clock this evening and every Thursday evening for the coming weeks.

The purpose of the initiative is to bring local communities and people in Direct Provision centres together through the medium of sport.

The Direct provision centre in Ballyhaunis is home to some 245 residents and is the fifth largest in Ireland.

Founder of Sanctuary Runners Ireland, Graham Clifford, says the run allows Irish people to run in solidarity with Direct Provision communities.

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