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Art O'Neill Lottery 2024

The Art O'Neill is a unique event in the Irish outdoor scene, organised by, and solely for the benefit of, Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue


Event Description:

Its route retraces a historic escape from Dublin Castle that happened on January 6th, 1592. That night, Art O'Neill, his brother Henry, and Red Hugh O'Donnell broke out of the Castle, pursued by their captors, and made for Glenmalure, to safety. On a freezing night the three made their way on foot and without the benefit of winter coats, having had to leave them in their cells. Henry and Hugh both made it to safety but sadly Art, for whom the Challenge is named, succumbed to hypothermia along the way.

The AON Challenge

The AON Challenge continues to claim its place as one of the toughest outdoor events in Ireland.

  • 60km route on road and open mountain
  • Suitable for runners and walkers
  • Dublin Castle to Glenmalure.
  • Entry limited to 200 places - decided by lottery.
  • Entries are not transferable.


  • Entry fee: €175 (t-shirt is included)


IMPORTANT: Entry is controlled by lottery.

No payment is required to register for the lottery.

Strictly ONE entry per person.

If your entry is drawn in the lottery, payment of entry fees and optional costs are required to confirm a place in the event.

Expressions of interest for the upcoming event will close at Midnight Sunday 22nd of October. Participants who have been successful in the lottery will then be contacted soon after with additional details including payment options.