The McDonagh family. From left: Paraic, Pat, Leah and Matthew

Mayo clan involved in Ireland's Fittest Family

A family from Geesala are involved in one of RTÉ's biggest shows this month.

'Ireland's Fittest Family', hosted by Mairead Ronan, is a TV series where families from across Ireland compete in different adventure races and fitness competitions in an effort to win €15,000 and the title of 'Ireland's Fittest Family'.

Since 2014 there have been seven series of the programme. Now in its eighth season, the McDonagh's are hoping to become the first family from Mayo to win the competition. This is the fifth time a family from Mayo has entered the show.

The McDonagh family is represented by Paraic, Pat, Leah and Matthew and are coached in the show by Wexford senior hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald.

Paraic (19) is going into his third year of college. He is studying Computers in Sligo. He has an All-Ireland boxing title and he represented his country at the age of fourteen. He also plays football in his spare time.

Pat (52) is head coach for Geesala Boxing Club in North Mayo. He has trained all of his children in boxing and martial arts. He built a gym in their garage which the whole family use. He is a farmer and constantly has the kids out helping him on the farm.

Leah (16) is a fifth year student in an all Irish school. She plays football for her local team but boxing is her main sport. She too has an All Ireland title in boxing.

Matthew (20) works as an assistant project manager on a building site in Galway. He boxes in his spare time and jokes that he's the only one of his siblings that doesn’t have an All-Ireland title.

'Ireland's Fittest Family' is on RTÉ One every Sunday at 6.30 p.m.

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