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relentless Funnyman Rory O’Connor vows never to brave 'crazy' Hell Week - The Professionals again

The Meath comedian is one of 18 celebrities who took on a Special Forces selection course for the newest season of RTÉ’s notoriously tough reality show


Comedian Rory O'Connor

Comedian Rory O'Connor

Comedian Rory O'Connor

Funnyman Rory O’Connor has vowed never to brave Hell Week - The Professionals again.

The Meath comedian is one of 18 celebrities who took on a Special Forces selection course for the newest season of RTÉ’s notoriously tough reality show.

And the dad of three promised viewers that the series, which kicks off on September 8,  more than delivers on its sadistic title.

“It’s crazy,” reveals Rory. “I swore I’d never do Hell Week again!

“You’d have to be there because the cameras only show an hour of an episode, where it’s 24/7. The DS [instructors] lay down the law straight away saying, ‘Yiz are in for it’.

“But you physically and mentally can’t prepare for Hell Week.

“They basically starve you, there’s very little sleep, I think on the first night we had 45 minutes sleep - you’re just a number to them.

“You’re not even allowed make eye contact then with the DSes or else you’re punished.

“It just starts 100 miles an hour and it doesn’t stop until you’re gone - it’s just relentless.”

Rugby legends Peter Stringer and Andrew Trimble and influencer Niamh Cullen are just some of the other famous faces to tackle the course with a failure rate of more than 90pc.

But the Rory Stories star revealed there was no room for ego as the contestants were stripped down to their undies and chased by fearsome military dogs in aid of their chosen charity.

“You can see within an hour why people don’t pass this course,” tells the 34 year-old.

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“There was Alsatian dogs chasing us, we were all stripped down to our boxers, the girls were in their knickers and bra. It was just like, ‘Arghhh!’

“It’s just real discipline, but it’s really cool to see all these characters in their own industry brought right back to the core of who they are. If people have an opinion of someone from social media or from a sporting background or from tv, they’ll see the real person because you’ve no time to be fake - you’re just so tired. You’re in survival mode.

“It’s going to be such a good watch for Irish people, especially after the pandemic and the baggage that people are still carrying with their own wellbeing and mental health, because there’s so many different people on the show that people can relate to.”

Fans are yet to discover how the social media sensation fared on the torturous course.

While Rory joked that his Special Forces training quickly went out the window when he got home.

“My wife said to me recently, ‘If the DS seen your admin - you came back here for like two days and you were all really neat and tidy, and you’re back to socks everywhere and leaving empty tea cups lying around’,” he says. “You wouldn't get away with that in Hell Week.

“I try - it definitely has helped me a bit, but I’m not an ideal man around the house either.”

Rory O’Connor was speaking as RTÉ launched their new season of Autumn programming.

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