Ireland’s Fittest Family returns to our TV screens in just over two weeks time and we will have Laois representation once again.
LaoisToday understands that a family from Killeshin will take part in the new series of the hit show.
The Mahers will take to our TV screens at the end of the month where they will battle it out to claim the €15,000 on offer.
Dad Nicholas is the oldest member of the team and he is very well known in GAA circles as he is currently a coach with the Killeshin senior football team who will contest the Laois championship final on Sunday against Portlaoise.
Nicholas is joined by three of his children – Fionn, Meave and Cara.
All three are members of St Abban’s athletics club and Fionn, who is the oldest, is also part of the Killeshin senior football panel.
Meave and Cara, 19 and 18, are part of the successful St Abban’s ladies team who have claimed the National Premier Division title for the last two years running.
Ending Dundrum South Dublin’s six-year winning streak in 2018, they repeated the feat again earlier this year.
They then went on to represent Ireland at the European Club Championships in Portugal and Finland over the last two years.
They will hope to follow in the footsteps of the Mulhares and the McDonalds who did so well in this competition in recent years.
Last year, the McDonalds, coached by Davy Fitzgerald, lost out in simply heart-breaking fashion in the final in Croke Park.
Martin, Breda, Kate and Cian were cruelly defeated at the very last hurdle by seconds by the Coney family.
The Mulhare family from Portlaoise, appeared in the second series of the competition.
Coached by former Olympian Derval O’ Rourke, the international long distance runners made it as far as the final and were pipped at the finish line by the Kingston’s of Cork.
Entering its seventh series, Ireland’s Fittest Family features presenter Mairead Ronan and fitness coaches, Derval O’Rourke, Davy Fitzgerald, Anna Geary and Donncha O’Callaghan.
They will once again be putting Ireland’s fittest, fastest and strongest families to the test in what is Ireland’s most extreme fitness programme.
Episode one is set to air on Sunday October 27 and we are excited already!