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Monday 18 December 2017

Harnett aims to Transform' fortunes

Castleisland Mart Manager Richard Harnett
Castleisland Mart Manager Richard Harnett
Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

The dulcet tones of Castleisland Mart manager Richard Harnett could be about to reach a much wider audience than just those around the mart ring as he features in RTE's hit show 'Operation Transformation'.

The 63-year-old is one of 20 finalists from 481 people who applied to take part in the 2014 show and will find out later this week if he has been successful.

Richard is keen to lose weight, improve his health and become a good example to the many farmers he meets every day.

Weighing in at 18st 9lb, the mart manager is well aware of how his weight is affecting his health. He had cardiac stents inserted in 1999 and had a quadruple bypass in 2010.

"I did very well immediately after the operation, under deadly instruction from nurses and doctors but I went back to my old ways in the end," he told the Farming Independent.

"I'm not a lazy man but I can be lazy about looking after myself and getting up to go for a walk."

"My other downfall is my sweet tooth, which I really could do without as I am a diabetic," he added.

Originally from Moyvane near Listowel, Richard lives in Castleisland with his wife, Frances. The couple have three sons; Conor, Diarmaid and Ronan, who has been in Australia for the past three years.

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Richard wants to lose weight and get his health in order so that he can visit Ronan.

"You'd want to be fairly fit going to go to Australia; it's a once in a lifetime trip," he said.

Irish Independent