Relay For Life

  • Image of people walking at a Relay For Life event
  • Relay For Life raises €4.4 million in the fight against cancer
  • At Relay For Life we celebrate cancer survivors
  • At Relay For Life we remember loved ones lost to cancer
  • At Relay we fight back against cancer by raising awareness

Relay For Life is a 24 hour event that happens in over a dozen communities in Ireland. At Relay, teams of friends, family, and members of the community come together for 1 day to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer, and fight back against the disease by raising awareness and having conversations about cancer. Learn more about Relay.

About Relay For Life

Relay takes place over 24 hours in over a dozen communities in Ireland as well over countries around the world. Communities come together united against cancer where teams set up tents and walk a symbolic track. There are festivities and celebrations recognising cancer survivors and people who have made a difference in the fight against cancer.

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A feature of every Relay For Life is the Candle of Hope ceremony which takes place at dusk. Hundreds of candle bags that have been personalised with messages of hope and remembrance are lit during a moving ceremony involving music and speeches.

Dedicate a candle bag

Register for Relay For Life

Relay teams consist of 10 or more people and can be made up of family, friends, co-workers--it's up to you! Team Captains register their team and together the team raises funds in advance of Relay, finally coming together the night of Relay to celebrate, remember and fight back.

Register a team

Download some useful resources for anyone involved in Relay For Life.

Watch videos from around the country and the world, showcasing the communities that hold Relay For Life events.


Relay For Life University College Cork
UCC, Cork
Friday, 6 March 2020
Relay For Life Donegal
LYIT, Letterkenny
Saturday 23 May-Sunday 24 May 2020
Relay For Life Ennis
Tim Smythe Park, Ennis
Saturday 20 June-Sunday 21 Jne 2020
Relay For Life Wexford
Pairc Charman, Wexford
Saturday 11 July-Sunday 12 July 2020
Relay For Life Kilkenny
Kilkenny Rugby Club, Kilkenny
Saturday 18 July-Sunday 19 July 2020

More events will be added as they are announced.