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Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Dinner Dance*

After a historic season a successful Annual Dinner Dance was held on the 28th December in Mulroy Woods. It was a great night with a large crowd in attendance. Our successful U21 team from 1996 was commemorated on the night along with a number of individual awards, congratulations to all.

Senior Player of the Year: Cathal McGettigan

Young Player of the Year: Darragh Black

Reserve Player of the Year: Caolan Bolton

U21 Player of the Year: Gavin Grier

Ladies Player of the Year: Niamh Gallagher

G4M&O Player of the Year: Pauline Cullen

Scor Appreciation Award: Brendan Ward

Referee Appreciation Award: James McGinley
Club Persons of the Year: Aodh & Roisin McCormack

*Exiles Match*

Back on St Stephens Day we had our annual exiles match which was great Craic once again. It was great to see former players back from overseas and across the country dusting off their boots for the game which, funnily enough, ended in a draw once again, 6-9 to 3-18, meaning the Exiles retain their trophy! Thanks to James McGinley for refereeing and everyone who came out on the day and joined in on the fun. See you all at same time, same place next year!

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*Provincial Games*

A number of our players were involved in games with and against county opposition at the weekend. Darragh Black was on the bench for Donegal in their 4-13 to 2-20 defeat to UUJ in the McKenna Cup on Sunday, while in Leinster Jonny Logue wore number 6 for Carlow IT in their 5-18 to 0-4 defeat to Offaly in the O’Byrne Cup. In Connachts FBD League Cathal McGettigan scored 0-2 for Sligo IT who lost 6-21 to 0-15 to Roscommon.

*Last man Standing*

The Minor Board are holding another Last Man Standing competition for the 2017 Allianz League this year. There is €200 to be won with €10 entry. Forms will be available from any member of the Minor Board in the coming days and also online via the clubs Facebook page.

*Lotto*

This weeks lotto numbers were 1-14-16-20. No jackpot winner, 5 match 3 winners, win €15 each. Tara Friel, Ann Marie Hannigan, Patrick Gallagher, John Og Friel, Peter & Patricia Orsi. Next weeks Jackpot is €1,820

*GAA National Draw*

Tickets for the GAA National Draw are now available from any Committee member or Senior player. Tickets cost €10 with first prize a new Opel car.

Storm Barbara to bring 120k/ph winds to Donegal

SEVERE weather is en route to Donegal and is set to disrupt the lead-up to Christmas, with Storm Barbara bashing the north west for a 24 hour period from Friday.

Met Eireann have warned the weather system will bring gale force winds of up to 120k/ph and heavy rain. Forecasters expect the turbulent conditions to last for around 24 hours from about 9am on Friday, and have issued a yellow weather warning.
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Donegal and the north coast is likely to be worst affected by the strong winds, and the gusts are predicted to affect local parts all through the Christmas weekend.
 
As a result of Storm Barbara, Met Eireann has advised travellers to be aware of the potential for disruption this weekend, as the yellow weather warning is in place through to Christmas Day.
However, Ireland is not expected to suffer the worst of the winter storm, as Scotland is facing wind speeds of up to 90 miles per hour during the festive weekend.
 
Barbara is the third storm to be named this year affecting Ireland and the UK, following Storm Henry in February and Storm Angus in November.
 
The decision to name severe weather systems was made jointly by the Met Office and Met Éireann following a series of powerful winter storms during 2013-14 that wreaked havoc in parts of Europe.
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Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Club 3km Handicap

The Annual Milford AC 3km Handicap will take place on Wednesday 28th December, starting at 1:00pm.  Registration will be at the clubhouse from 12pm.  Cost is €5.00.  Presentation and refreshments will take place in The Traveller’s Inn, Milford afterwards.  The race is open to athletes outside the club also.  Parents are asked to note, it is strictly only for children aged over 14 years old to comply with Athletics Ireland rules.

  Club handicaps are popular end of year races around the country where there is an element of fun combined with competitive running.  Afterwards the handicapper can be then regaled with tales of woe but all in the spirit of the event.  Athletes are reminded to record their own overall time as individual times will not be recorded on the day.

Boxing Day Races

The Cranford AC and Finn Valley AC annual Boxing Day races will also give athletes an opportunity to run off the Christmas excess.

2016

As 2016 draws to a close, another successful year has been recorded by the club, both in terms of athletic achievement, and the numbers taking part in senior, masters and juvenile categories.

  In closing the year, the club wish to thank all who have contributed in any way to the continued success of the club over the past year, in particular the many voluntary helpers at various events in 2016, to the various sponsors, primarily Marine Harvest, Fanad, and the Mulroy Woods Hotel.  To all media outlets, in particular, the Tirconaill Tribune, and Francis Diver.

  The club extend a safe and peaceful Christmas to all, and a Happy and successful New Year.

Christmas Training

Juvenile training has now taken a break and will resume on Tuesday 10th January 2017.

Group senior training will take place on Thursday 29th December at 7:30pm.  On Sunday 1st January the ‘Sunday run’ will take in the Atlantic Drive run/walk on New Year’s Day commencing at 12pm.  Proceeds in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

Senior group training will resume as normal on Tuesday 3rd January at 7:30pm.  New members welcome.

Two men detained after Killygordon cocaine seizure

Two men have been detained following the seizure of an estimated €3,000 worth of cocaine from a house in the Drumcannon area of Killygordon area last night.

The men, believed to be in their 30s, are being questioned at Letterkenny Garda Station

The seizure comes as the latest CSO analysis of crime in the Donegal Garda Division shows that while crime in general was down between July and September, there was an increase in drug crime in the county.

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Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Dinner Dance*

After a historic season it is hoped as many as possible will join us for our Annual Dinner Dance on the 28th December in Mulroy Woods. Music will be by the Copycats and it is always a great night to catch up for those who have been away from home. Our successful U21 team from 1996 will be commemorated on the night. Tickets cost €30 and would make an ideal Christmas present!

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*Exiles Match*

Our Annual Exiles Match will take place this St Stephens Day as we welcome home all our former players and coaches for Christmas. All those hoping to tog out are asked to be at the pitch for 12 for 12.20 throw in. It is always a great days craic with a presentation afterwards in Dustys. With our successful U21 team from 1996 being commemorated at the dinner dance it is hoped as many as possible of them will dust off the boots for the match! All welcome as always!

*Lotto*

This weeks lotto numbers were 5-19-20-23. No jackpot winner or match 3 winners, two winners drawn win €35 each. Mary McAteer (Bingo) & Caroline mcAteer, Rathmullan. Next weeks Jackpot is €1,700

*GAA National Draw*

Tickets for the GAA National Draw are now available from any Committee member or Senior player. Tickets cost €10 with first prize a new Opel car.

Emaciated dog found in state of near collapse

An animal welfare group has revealed shocking photos of a skeletal greyhound which is feared to have been abandoned.

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The Animals In Need (AIN) group said today, Monday, that the “starving” greyhound was “emaciated” and in a “state of near collapse”.

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It was found by chance as a volunteer drove along the Ballindrait Road last Friday.

An AIN spokeswoman said: “The AIN volunteer stopped traffic and then carried the dog to her car as he was too weak to walk any farther.

“Named Spiorad (Spirit) by his rescuers, the male dog, who is approximately three years old, was then taken straight back to Donegal Town to an AIN foster home.

“He was settled down on a comfortable duvet and put under a heat-lamp to warm him up.”

Animals In Need volunteer Anne, who is now caring for him, said “This poor fella is in seriously bad shape. He's lucky to have escaped.

“He's covered in sores from top to bottom, extremely emaciated and all four paws are torn open and bleeding.”

The highly-experienced fosterer added: “He had all but given up. If not for the quick thinking of Fiona and Orla, who found him and have the kindest hearts, he would have most certainly been killed on the road.”

AIN revealed that a after a good sleep, warmth and small meals of special dog food, Spiorad is now able to stand up and has even managed to wag his tail at his rescuers.

The group believes he has a long road to recovery ahead, but is in the best possible hands and hopefully will be ready to start a new, better life in a loving home before too long.

For further information on adoption, fostering, volunteering etc, please contact the main helpline on 087 1356188.

For cat and / or kitten enquiries, please call 087 7644420.

Animals In Need Ltd Donegal is also on Facebook and has a website at http://www.animalsinneeddonegal.com.

Milford AC News

By James Gibbons

Milford AC News

National Cross Country, Dundalk
There was another huge turnout in Dundalk on Sunday for the National Juvenile Uneven
Age Group Championships and National Ladies and Men's Novice Championships.  The overhead weather conditions were as good as possible on a mid-December day and the underfoot conditions were equally good, bar a tad sticky on the undulating course.
On the ultra-competitive 12 race card, Donegal pride of place goes to Cranford AC's, Oisin Kelly, winner of the u13 boy’s race.  The Kilmacrennan ‘pocket rocket’ came from 9th to 1st over the last 1000mts to win comfortably, with devastating finishing speed.

  Milford had 2 representatives in action with both putting in best performances of the season at either end of the race programme.  Emma Floyd was straight into action in the first race of the day at 11:30am.  The Ramelton girl was competing in the u11 girl’s race for the first time at this level and came through the big field (155 starters) with relative ease, finishing strongly in 83rd place and was part of the county team that finished 5th.  Cranford’s Miah Fletcher, was 1st Donegal finisher here, in 14th place overall.

  Gerard Marley had to wait until 3:10pm, the men’s novice race being the last race of the day.  The Gortmacall man added to his CV of ever improving results to finish 159th in the ultra-competitive field of almost 200 starters, clocking 23:52 for the testing 6km race, averaging just over 3:58 per km.

  The first 2 Donegal finishers in the men’s novice have strong Milford connections, with Karl Duggan (LAC) making a welcome return to running in 15th place and Mark McPaul (FV) in 18th.  19 club teams finished, with Paddy Marley’s Clonliffe Harriers, winning the coveted team prize.  Nikita Burke, LAC, was lead Donegal finisher in the ladies novice with a top 16 finish.

Overall, a great days cross country for both athletes and spectators alike.

The Ryans

Noelle Ryan ran 2:05 in the searing temperatures of Lanzarote in the half Marathon on Saturday, while husband Paddy, chose the cooler climes of Roscommon to run his 3rd fastest time for 5km, posting a great 17:13 in his hometown on Sunday, finishing 2nd overall.

The club extends congratulations to the other Ryan’s, Danny and family, on making it to the final of ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’.

Club 3km Handicap

The Annual Milford AC 3km Handicap will take place on Wednesday 28th December, starting at 1:00pm.  Registration will be at the clubhouse from 12pm.  Cost is €5.00.  Presentation and refreshments will take place in The Traveller’s Inn, Milford afterwards.  The race is open to athletes outside the club also.  Parents are asked to note, it is strictly only for children aged over 14 years old to comply with Athletics Ireland rules.

Club Membership Fees

The club membership fees have been set similar to last year, i.e. one juvenile athlete €25.  2 juveniles from one family €40.  3 = €60.  Family membership €100.  Senior and master men and ladies €50.

  Club juvenile registration night will take place on Tuesday 17th January at 6:30pm.  All parents and coaches are asked to attend.  Club children’s officer Darina Ferry will be in attendance to give a talk on child protection protocol etc.  All senior and masters athletes are asked to have membership fees paid by the end of January 2017.

Couch to 5km

The club couch to 5km programme 2017 will commence on Monday 23rd January 2017, running for 9 weeks, culminating with the 2nd Milford 5km series race on 24th March.  The weekly programme will be as before, i.e. Monday, Wednesday and Friday commencing at 7:30pm sharp at the track around the football pitches at Moyle.  Cost is €50.00 for the nine weeks.  The fee will also act as club membership for the remainder of 2017.

  Over the past number of years the Couch to 5km programme has been a catalyst for setting people on the road to improved fitness and achieving running feats previously thought unattainable, i.e. completing 10km, a half marathon and in some cases – a marathon.

County Board Presentation Night

The Donegal County Board Annual Presentation night will take place in the Finn Valley Centre on Saturday 14th January 2017.  Club founder, Hugo Duggan has been selected as the Hall of Fame recipient.

ace. The Kilmacrenan 'pocket rocket' came from 9th to 1st over the last 1000mts to win comfortably, with devastating finishing speed.Milford had 2 representatives in action with both putting in best performances of the season at either end of the race programme.
Emma Floyd was straight into action in the first race of the day at 11.30am. The Ramelton girl was competing in the u.11 girls race for the first time at this level and came through the big field (155starters) with relative ease, finishing strongly in 83rd place and was part of the County team that finished 5th. Cranford's, Miah Fletcher, was 1st Donegal finisher here, in 14th place overall.
Gerald Marley had to wait until 3.10pm, the men's Novice race being the last race of the day. The Gortmacall man added to his CV of ever improving results to finish 159th in the ultra competitive field of almost 200 starters, clocking 23.52 for the testing 6km race, averaging just over 3.58 per km.
The first 2 Donegal finishers in the men's novice have strong Milford connections, with Karl Duggan, (LAC), making a welcome return to running in 15th place and Mark Mc Paul, (FV) in 18th. 19 club teams finished, with Paddy Marley's, Clonliffe Harriers,winning the coveted team prize.
Nikita Burke, LAC, was lead Donegal finisher in the ladies Novice with a top 16 finish.

In the u.11 boys race, Cranford's, Caolan Mc Fadden finished a great 4th overall with young Churchill lad, Boyd Russell, running for Olympian, Derry, a close 5th.
John Mc Groddy, Cranford, was 10th in the u15 boys race.
Overall, a great days cross country for both athletes and spectators alike.

THE RYAN'S
Noelle Ryan ran 2.05 in the searing temperatures of Lanzarote in the half marathon yesterday, while Husband, Paddy, chose the cooler climes of Roscommon to run his 3rd fastest time for 5km, posting a great 17.13 in his home town today, finishing 2nd overall.
The club extends congratulations to the other RYAN'S, Danny and family, on making it to the final of ' Ireland's fittest family'

Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Dinner Dance*

After a historic season it is hoped as many as possible will join us for our Annual Dinner Dance on the 28th December in Mulroy Woods. Music will be by the Copycats and it is always a great night to catch up for those who have been away from home. Tickets cost €30 and would make an ideal Christmas present! More details to follow in the coming weeks.

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*Exiles Match*

Our Annual Exiles Match will take place this St Stephens Day as we welcome home all our former players and coaches for Christmas. All those hoping to tog out are asked to be at the pitch for 12 for 12.20 throw in. It is always a great days craic with a presentation afterwards in Dustys. All welcome as always!

*Lotto*

This weeks lotto numbers were 5-19-20-23. No jackpot winner or match 3 winners, two winners drawn win €35 each. Mary McAteer (Bingo) & Caroline mcAteer, Rathmullan. Next weeks Jackpot is €1,700

*GAA National Draw*

Tickets for the GAA National Draw are now available from any Committee member or Senior player. Tickets cost €10 with first prize a new Opel car.

Gardai issue warning following scam in Milford

Gardai in Milford have issued an urgent warning about a scam.

People in the Milford area have been contacted by people claiming to be from the Revenue Commission requesting payment.

Gardai have advised anyone who is approached in this manner to contact Milford Garda Station and not make any payment unless you make direct contact with the Revenue Commission.

Garda Dog Unit called in to assist search for missing man

The Garda Dog Unit has been called in to assist in the search for a man who hasn’t been seen for 3-4 weeks.

73 year old Jim Boyle also known as Philemy was last seen almost a month ago near his home at Oughterlin outside Rathmullen.

The search is continuing today with local land owners in the area again urged to check outhouses and land for any sighting of Mr.Boyle.

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Donegal to Calais - Refugee Support

Donegal to Calais - Refugee Support

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We are two brothers (Francis and Declan Meehan) from Milford, Co. Donegal who are planning to make the trip to Calais in France with a van kindly donated by a local businessman. We intend to fill it with items needed most by refugees who are still arriving there everyday, even since 'the Jungle' camp has been removed. Many of those in and around Calais have come from war-torn Syria, and many of those are vulnerable, unaccompanied children and young adults.

We, like so many of you, have been hugely touched by the refugee crisis that has been raging over the past few years. We've felt the same frustration at the lack of support, humanity and care that has been shown to these people fleeing from some of the most wartorn regions of the Middle East and Africa, as well as at how they are being portrayed in some of our media. So we've decided to head over there and try to ease their difficulties just a little in the run up to Christmas.

We will be travelling to Calais the weekend of December 16th. Money raised will go towards the cost of fuel, a bit of accommodation and the ferry and Eurotunnel. Anything not put to those costs will be donated to Care4Calais, a charity working on the ground with the refugees there. Time is of the essence so please donate as soon as you can - no matter how little. Every little helps!

We are also looking for people to donate items - sleeping bags, heavy blankets, tents, boots, coats, etc. Things that will keep those sleeping rough warm through the winter. Our drop off point is with Premier Services in the IRD Office, Main Street, Milford. The full list of items needed is available here.

We would be hugely grateful to all support received! Also, please spread the word and share on social media! 
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Searches continuing today for missing elderly man

Searches are continuing today for an elderly man who is suspected missing for nearly a month.

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The Mulroy Coastguard has begun searching high ground near Rathmullen this morning.

Yesterday afternoon search and rescue service were conducted by Gardai to launch a major search operation for the 73 year-old from Oughterlinn near Rathmullen who hasn’t been seen for 3-4 weeks.
 
The alarm was initially raised by a neighbour.
 
An abandoned bicycle was located near his house yesterday with groceries.
 
A search by Mountain rescue, Mulroy Coastguard and the Sligo 118 helicopter was conducted until nightfall last evening.
 
Gardai have launched an investigation and anyone with information has been asked to contact them.

Milford GAA Notes

By Barry McNulty

*Dinner Dance*

After a historic season it is hoped as many as possible will join us for our Annual Dinner Dance on the 28th December in Mulroy Woods. Music will be by the Copycats and it is always a great night to catch up for those who have been away from home. Tickets cost €30 and would make an ideal Christmas present! More details to follow in the coming weeks.

*Exiles Match*

Our Annual Exiles Match will take place this St Stephens Day as we welcome home all our former players and coaches for Christmas. All those hoping to tog out are asked to be at the pitch for 12 for 12.20 throw in. It is always a great days craic with a presentation afterwards in Dustys. All welcome as always!

*Lotto*

This weeks lotto numbers were 7-10-17-18. No jackpot winner, 4 match 3 winners, win €20 each. May McFadden (bingo), Michael Morrison (bingo), Gabrielle & Kieran Fitzsimons, and Brendan & Christina Ward. Next weeks Jackpot is €1,620

*AGM*

Thank you to all who turned out to our AGM in the Clubhouse last Friday evening. The following officers were elected to the Committee:

Chairperson: Pat Curley

Vice-Chairperson: Aidan Cannon

Secretary: Tracy Peoples

Assistant Secretary: Roisin McCormack

Treasurer: Joe McNulty

Assistant Treasurer: Kathleen Friel

PRO: Barry McNulty

Assistant PRO: Agnes Ryan

Cultural Officer: Brendan Ward

Development Officer: Kevin Egan

*GAA National Draw*

Tickets for the GAA National Draw are now available from any Committee member or Senior player. Tickets cost €10 with first prize a new Opel car.

Why are Milford, Kilmacrennan and Glen not on raw sewage list? – Councillor

A Donegal County Councillor has asked the EPA to explain why Kilmacrennan, Milford and Glen are not included on the list of locations discharging raw sewage into waterways and failing to meet mandatory EU standards.

The recent EPA list of wastewater polluters lists eleven Donegal areas of concern including Ramelton, Kerrykeel and Rathmullan. However, Cllr. Ian McGarvey disputes this figure saying it is much higher.

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He told the Tirconail Tribune that the Milford electoral area has a serious legacy of raw sewage going into waterways.

He told representatives of Irish Water at a briefing on Monday that the chronic history of underinvestment in Donegal means that there will never be enough funding to address the crisis of raw sewage.

He says the recent EPA report on untreated sewage was a scandal that all governments and all the political parties involved in Government in the last thirty years have very serious questions to answer.

He said the fact is that just a few hundred metres from the Council’s public Services Centre in Milford is one of the worst treatment plants in the entire system.

Cllr. McGarvey said: “ I’d go as far as to say that the so-called Milford Town waste water treatment plant is the worst in Ireland. There are family homes and sports facilities close by and it is a disgrace that this problem has become a chronic fact of life.

“We have to keep the windows and doors closed with the stench and I’d have to ask the question… is this a health hazard that nobody wants to hear about,” he commented last night.

And he added “In the summer time the odour is a very serious problem and nobody is prepared to do anything to resolve an issue that has been a problem for the past thirty years, at least,” said Cllr. McGarvey.

He said it did not come as any shock that 11 of the 43 national blackspots are in Donegal and he queries why Milford, Kilmacrennan and Glen have not been included on this list.

The EPA also reported spending on waste water treatment plants to have dropped by 40% since the creation of Irish Water and delivery of new plants has been delayed by an average of two years.

However Irish Water has disputed the EPA’s figures on under-spending, saying that between 2011 and 2013, there was a 50% drop in investment in waste water infrastructure to €136 million. When it took control of the network, spending increased to €166 million for 2014 and 2015 and it planned to further ramp-up investment to €326 million a year between 2016 and 2021
Figures from the EPA show between 2001 and 2011, there was an average spend of €270 million per year on waste water treatment. This has dropped to €166 million in the last two years, the agency claims

The report also finds that while new treatment plants have been built in a number of areas, progress is too slow. It also said timelines provided by Irish Water to improve and upgrade treatment plants were “slipping”.

“The pace of resolving waste water treatment needs to improve,” said director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement, Gerard O’Leary.

“It is not acceptable that the timeframe to eliminate the discharge of raw sewage from over 20 areas has slipped by almost two years. We need to see increased capital investment and improved efficiencies in the delivery of the outstanding infrastructure necessary to protect our rivers, lakes and coastal waters and for a more sustainable quality of life.”

The report says that 29 large towns and cities are failing to meet mandatory European Union standards, despite the EU’s final deadline to improve quality passing in 2005.

The Environmental Protection Agency has called for a substantial and sustained increase in investment in public waste water treatment infrastructure to protect public health and the environment on foot of substantial discharges of raw sewage last year.

The EPA’s 2015 Urban Waste Water Treatment Report details a litany of failures and problems with sewage treatment all over the country.

Twenty-nine large towns and cities including Ringsend, Cork city, Cobh, Youghal, Enniscorthy, Arklow, Lahinch, Ennistymon, Clifden and many more failed to meet mandatory EU sewage standards, the deadline for which was ten years ago.

The EPA says it is unacceptable that the timetable tackling the discharges from 20 of these areas has already slipped by almost two years.

The agency says the current level of capital investment is simply not enough to tackle the infrastructural deficiencies and investment running €100 million per year below the average spent between 2000 and 2011.

EPA programme manager David Flynn said there has been a legacy of decades of under investment in the system and at least €280 million to €300 million a year for the next five to seven years, needs to be invested.

He said that while enormous progress has been made since 2000, in comparison to the rest of Europe, Ireland is lagging behind.

Kilmacrennan family reach semi-final in RTÉ show

A Donegal family are sure to be celebrating after making it to the semi-final of a popular RTÉ television show last night.

The Kilmacrennan family features former boxer Danny Ryan and his children Keane (22), Jordan (17), and Alanna (16), all of whom are taking the comptetion by storm in RTÉ favourite Ireland's Fittest Family.

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In the programme, families tackle obstacle courses and difficult terrains in a quest to take home a €15,000 cash prize and be crowned Ireland's fittest family.

The Ryan family are being coached by Alan Quinlan, an Irish rugby legend, who helped them tackle the Broadhurst and McCarthy families in last night's episode.