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Heavy hitter Over half a million tune into to Ireland's Fittest Family final as RTE show smashes records

RTÉ has said that this is the highest rating recorded in the history of the programme.

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Ireland's Fittest Family presenter Mairead Ronan with coaches Anna Geary and Donncha O'Callaghan. Photo: Frank McGrath

Ireland's Fittest Family presenter Mairead Ronan with coaches Anna Geary and Donncha O'Callaghan. Photo: Frank McGrath

Ireland's Fittest Family presenter Mairead Ronan with coaches Anna Geary and Donncha O'Callaghan. Photo: Frank McGrath

Ireland’s Fittest Family made history last night as over half a million people tuned in to watch the series finale.

A whopping 575,600 people watched the gripping final episode of the series on Sunday evening and a further 16,600 have caught up with the Season 8 finale on the RTÉ Player since.

RTÉ has said that this is the highest rating recorded in the history of the programme.

Ireland’s Fittest Family is a competitive game show where families from all over the country take part in fitness and endurance challenges in an effort to win €15,000 and the title of ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family.’

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Anna Geary on Ireland’s Fittest Family

Anna Geary on Ireland’s Fittest Family

Anna Geary on Ireland’s Fittest Family

It has been airing on RTÉ since 2014 and has proved to be popular among the 15-34 age category.

Last night, the Mahoney family took the crown in an epic finale where they battled three other families.

The Wexford natives are made up of county footballers Conor (19) and Alan (17), gym enthusiast Kevin (23), and their mother Joanne (53) who has been a gymnastics coach for thirty-two years.

They competed against the Allen family from Tipperary in the show’s final round where they had to complete an exhausting obstacle course set on a mountain.

The challenge involved sprinting, scaling a three-metre wall, jumping over hurdles, and crawling through dark tunnels.

The Mahoneys emerged victorious in the end and were crowned Ireland’s Fittest Family 2021.

Mum Joanne revealed that the family had been maintaining intense training regimes to prepare for the show: “Kevin went to the gym every day and did weights. Conor was training with the county GAA team and Alan was also on the county football team so he was doing club and county as well so that was their training.

“When I got the confirmation that we were in the final sixteen families, I started training two months before the show,” she continued.

Joanne told Independent.ie that her family are very competitive and that they “were in it to win it from day one.”

“Standing up on the ramp after winning the final was definitely the biggest thrill for me and I think for the boys as well,” the gymnastics coach said.

The Mahoney family were mentored by Wexford hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald and have mentioned that he was a “fantastic” coach.

“He made me believe in myself and made the boys believe in themselves,” Joanne added.

Season 8 of Ireland’s Fittest Family is available to watch on the RTÉ Player.

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