Monday 23 April 2018

Operation Transformation leader told both his health and place on show 'is at great risk'

Operation Transformation leader John Conmy (47) from Co Mayo
Operation Transformation leader John Conmy (47) from Co Mayo
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

An Operation Transformation leader is told tonight that his stress test results mean his place on the show and his own personal health are in serious danger.

John Conmy (47), a bistro owner from Co Mayo, was revealed as a leader on last night's programme.

This evening, the married father-of-one from Bangor Erris, sees his ECG test return results showing 'worrying irregularities'.

“John is left with the shocking reality that his ability to continue as a leader and, more importantly, his future health could be at great risk," RTE host Kathryn Thomas said.

"Before he can carry on with the programme, John will need to fully investigate these worrying results”.

John's weight began to rise when he started working long hours surrounded by food with a few social pints after work.

The situation put pressure on both his health and his marriage.

John's brothers tell the show about the enormous sacrifices he made for them when he returned home to raise them after their parents died within a few years of each other. John was in his twenties at the time, while his brothers were aged in their teens.

"He gave up everything for us.

"He was very well respected in the cheffing world and he gave it all up to come back to Bangor Erris and look after us.

John tells the Circle of Truth how he would cry himself to sleep but keep a brave face on for his brothers.

"They weren't all tough times, but there were nights I cried in bed like, I just couldn't let the boys see that... and to get up in the morning chirpy and cheerful again, you know."

Weighing 22 stone 6 pounds is the heaviest leader this year. He lives in Bangor Erris with his wife Evonne and daughter Amber Lillie (5). John is head chef at his own restaurant – Fun Bobby’s Bistro in Belmullet.

Operation Transformation returned to RTE One on Wednesday and was the third most watched programme on Irish television that night, with an average of 490,000 people tuning in to watch the first episode of this year's show. 

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