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Fittest Team In Ireland Challenge

32 Teams from around the country will compete in a raft of exciting events, obstacle courses and head-to-head events to be crowned Ireland’s Fittest Team. Win a share of the €10,000 Giveaway Prize.


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Emo GAA is proud to announce Shine 2023

Athletes from all over Ireland will compete for team glory and a share in the prize pot of €10,000

Shine will be one of the greatest athletic events in Ireland this summer. 32 teams from all across Ireland will come to Emo, Co. Laois and compete in a series of obstacle courses and head to head events.

Team’s from different sporting backgrounds including GAA, basketball, soccer, athletics, and swimming and also from Schools, Colleges and Businesses will battle it out in front of 5,000 spectators. Only one Team can earn the crown of Ireland’s Fittest Team.

The team will be made up of 6 athletes. Each event requires 4 athletes to participate, with a minimum of one female member in each event. Subs will be used as per rules for use of Subs.

Download the event registration pack to learn more about the tournament rules, starting times and additional information about Shine 2023.

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Emo Court, Emo, Co. Laois


27 May 2023

Start time

9:00 am

Finish time

6:00 pm

How to Register your Team

Step 1

Download the event registration pack to learn more about the tournament rules, starting times, and additional information about Shine 2023.

Download Event Pack

Step 2

Fill out the short form online to Register Interest in Shine 2023. Complete a short questionnaire with team details and we will respond to you shortly.



We will make contact with payment options if you are happy to proceed, and once received you are registered. Get your team ready and spread the word.

Shine 2023 Programme


Phase 1 Qualifier

Teams will be assigned to groups based on our live team draw on May 6 th at 2pm Each team will compete in two sessions. There will be a 90-minute break between each session for each group. The best four performing teams from each group over the two sessions will progress to the semi-final of the competition.

Sixteen teams will go through to the semi-final, sixteen teams will be eliminated.


Phase 2 Semi-Final

The remaining 16 teams will be separated into two final groups by open draw at 1:15pm on the day. Each group of eight will compete in a new range of tasks. The top four team in each group will progress to the final.

The remaining eight teams will be eliminated.



The remaining eight teams will compete for the overall title. A draw will take place at 4pm for lane position. First team to complete the course will be crowned “ Ireland’s Fittest Club”.

The second and third team home will be awarded 2 nd and 3 rd place in the competition.


Phase 4 Winners Presentation

Presentation will take place at 5pm on the day.

Are you interested in attending Shine2023?

Spectator tickets are now available through Eventbrite!

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The Venue Emo Court Estate

Emo Court is a quintessential neo-classical mansion. This magnificent Estate and its Gardens is a popular tourist attraction all year round and is under the care of the OPW. The gardens are a model of neo-classical landscape design, with formal lawns, a lake and woodland walks just waiting to be explored. On the day, the events will take place across the lawns with spectacular views throughout. There will be plenty of parking and lots to do and see for the spectators.

How to get here

2.5km from Emo. (Accessed from Kildare – Portlaoise Road – N7, Just off the M7 Motorway).

7 km from the Portarlington train station.

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Laois Chamber Alliance is proud to announce, Shine 2023 Trade show, showcasing the best of Laois

Shine 2023 will also showcase some of the best of what Laois has to offer. We are partnering with Laois Chamber of Commerce and other local organisations to bring a great array of products and services that’s on offer in Laois. With up to 5,000 visitors expected on the day, this is a great opportunity for Laois business to have direct contact with their customers who in turn can taste, feel, understand and purchase the wonderful products and services that Laois companies produce. Emo Court Estate will provide the setting for our trade show and with Free entry on the day, this promises to be a fun, enjoyable family day out which will certainly bring many benefits to the companies exhibiting. We welcome interest to exhibit on the day.

Please get in touch with us via email to learn more.


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