Fittest family fundraiser in aid of Carmel Cunningham

Leitrim Observer Reporter

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Leitrim family take on the challenge of Ireland’s Fittest Family

How far will the Beirnes make it in this series of Ireland’s Fittest Family? Tune in to RTÉ One Sundays at 6.30pm to find out.

The Beirne family from Mohill have overcome all obstacles in Ireland’s Fittest Family to date. Their opening event in Magher in County Cork saw a brilliant performance in the underground tunnels led by Jonathan who led his team to a winning time of 2.02 beating all 12 families as they progressed to the next round avoiding the eliminator.
The Beirne family then took on the famous Hell and Back course in the next round.
They started off wonderfully leading their race from the offset taking on the gruelling log run, the Forrest of Doom, tunnels, cargo nets but on the home stretch with twenty meters to go father Michael tripped allowing the Guilfoyles to nab them at the line, leaving the Beirnes ending up in second place.
However they showed brilliant resilience and bounced back in the time trial where they had a record breaking time until they met 10ft Tessie.
They had all members on the wall apart from younger brother Keith who. after sprinting through the muddy ground and swimming through rat tunnels, was wet, tired and slippery.
The family didn’t give up and brother Jonathan got a good grip on his shorts and hauled him up by his jocks and shorts in the nick of time and in doing so they avoided the eliminator again.
The Beirne family took on the Quater Finals last Sunday in the Port of Cork where a gruelling two kilometre row and rope climb left them no where closer to qualifying as none of the three familes completed the task. They had to take on the dreaded hanging tough; after a good performance their accumulated time was 7 minutes leaving them in second place behind the O’Connors from Wedford.
The competition took on a serious twist when they made all the female contestants hang for a second time.
The hanging did not go well for Dearbhaile as she hit the water first which meant they were facing the eliminator against the Naylors from Mayo.
This ellimiator was the toughest seen on national television yet with an individual 2.5 tonne Jeep pull where eldest brother Jonathan shone showing serious strength and power.
The Beirne family made easy work of the four ten foot containers, cargo nets, balance beams and found themselves facing a fourteen foot ramp which sent them home two years ago when father Michael couldn’t get up.
They showed serious speed and agility when they all scaled the ramp and secured their place in the semi final on Sunday, December 9 . The show will be aired at 6.30pm on Sunday and the Beirne family will be taking on Killary Adventure Centre.
It’s great to see Mohill and County Leitrim being represented so well in a national competition and they are doing their home town so proud.

Fundraiser in aid of Carmel Cunningham

Meanwhile Ireland’s Fittest Family compeitiors will be hosting a fundraiser in aid of Carmel Cunningham and her family in Beirne’s Bar and Restaurant car park on Sunday, December 17.
You can meet the Beirne family and compete in three gruelling events similar to the national competition.
There are three competitions, - The Fittest Family, Fittest Man and Fittest Women. There will be three events for you to take on and your combined score will decide on who the champion will be.
There will also be a raffle on the evening and live music by Bobby Shanley.
The fundraiser will start at 2.30pm and will be a family fun day for all ages.
Make sure and come along to support this very worthy cause.