CHAMPIONS; The Kinsella clan from Marshalstown

By Dan Walsh

The brave and competitive Kinsella family from Marshalstown have become the second Wexford winner of Ireland’s Fittest Family and are €15,000 richer following tonight’s final shown on RTÉ 1 television.

The team comprised of Dad Patrick (49) and the kids, Michael (21), David (18) and Caoimhe (15). They showed an amazing display of strength, resilience and determination in the television series featuring families competing in different adventure races and fitness challenges.

The Kinsella family from Marshalstown, winners of Ireland’s Fittest Family, with coach Anna Geary. (Pic; Courtesy of RTÉ).

The final had viewers across the country, and particularly in Co. Wexford, biting their nails and on the edge of their seats with a Cinderella twist, with Caoimhe Kinsella losing her shoes going through the final cargo net. “Take off your socks!” coach Anna Geary yelled at Caomhe as she steels herself for the final ramp. There were two centimetres in it, it was so close.

It was down to the two dads at the end, but it was Michael Kinsella who was hauled up a couple of seconds before Aidan McIntyre. It was a Wexford success for the first time in the nine years of the competition.

“We have been watching the show since the first season but had to wait for Caoimhe to get to 15 to be able to apply,” said Patrick, who added; “All the children have won awards for under-age boxing but I reckon Caoimhe was ‘the secret weapon’.

Each year, the competition begins with a group of 15-20 families, all of whom will be put through extreme endurance challenges in new locations around the country competing for the chance of winning €15,000 and the title of Ireland’s Fittest Family.

The event was decided over eight weeks and tonight’s final featuring four families was filmed at the To Hell and Back Hub at Kilruddery, Co. Wicklow.

Already on social media messages of congratulations and pride in the well-earned victory for the brave Kinsella family from Marshalstown, near Enniscorthy, are pouring in and bound to make the front pages of the Christmas edition of the local press.

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