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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Could you be Ireland’s Fittest Farmer?

Ireland’s Fittest Farmer, the “first-ever competition of its kind to be held on the island of Ireland” is coming to the rural village of Glenfarne in the Leitrim glens, home to the famous Rainbow Ballroom of Romance.

Ireland’s fittest farmer is designed to promote mental health and fitness within the agricultural sector, according to organisers.

“It targets both male and female farmers from across the country who are willing to put their strength and endurance to the test by taking part in a number of fitness-based activities all related to farming.”

“This event is entirely aimed at improving the mental health of individuals in an enjoyable way.”

What does the competition involve?

The event will be held in the Rainbow Ballroom of Romance, Glenfarne on Saturday, May 8th and Sunday, May 9th, 2021. Farmers from all over the country will take part in the challenge to be crowned ‘Ireland’s Fittest Farmer’.

Connacht Gold and Aurivo will sponsor the event. The winner of the overall competition will receive the prized Aurivo cup.

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The competition will consist of 6 “truly unique events that incorporate fitness and farming together as one”.

Over the course of two days, a variety of events will take place. These include a tyre pull which will require competitors to pull a tractor tyre of a certain size using their upper body strength.

Also, sheaf toss will see competitors will throw a weighted bag of sheaf using a pitchfork over a bar plus many more events.

A total of 150 competitors will partake, each forming groups that will partake in each event.

On Saturday, qualifying heats will take place. Meanwhile, the final will take place on Sunday with the highest-ranking competitors from each group.

There will be a live compere on the day and live music in the Rainbow Ballroom on both nights.

How can I take part?

Any competitors who would like to take part are required to fill out an entry form which is available on the website and a fee of €20 will apply to become a competitor.

Entries for the competition are now open, so the question is ‘Could you be Ireland’s Fittest Farmer?’

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