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Thursday 13 December 2018

Balbriggan will host popular lifestyle television show in the new year

Balbriggan Beat

Balbriggan will feature prominently on RTE Television in the new year with news that Operation Transformation will be based in the town.

Fingal County Council has welcomed the decision of Vision Independent Productions and RTE to base its successful Operation Transformation programme in Balbriggan for its 2019 season.

In a new departure for the popular programme, it will work alongside Fingal County Council community and sports officers to encourage people in Balbriggan to get active during the eight weeks of filming.

The Operation Transformation studio will be based inside Bremore Castle when the programme is broadcast next January and February and many of the various challenges, which are a feature of the show, will take place in and around the Balbriggan area.

The programme's producers, Vision Independent Productions, hope that Balbriggan will show the nation what can be achieved with a little community spirit encouragement and the support of civic leaders and the Council.

Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Anthony Lavin, said: 'I am delighted to welcome Operation Transformation to Balbriggan where the 2019 leaders will get a warm welcome and a lot of support from the local community. Balbriggan is a vibrant town and is an ideal host venue for Operation Transformation with its wide range of facilities.'

The Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid, said: 'Fingal County Council is delighted to support RTE in bringing Operation Transformation to Balbriggan and we look forward to working with them over the coming months to produce top quality programmes using many of the heritage, sporting and community facilities we have in the town and surrounding area.'

He added: 'The decision to select Balbriggan to host the 2019 programme is a positive endorsement for the town and its people.

'The Council is working closely with the Balbriggan Leadership Group to develop a socio-economic strategy for the area and over the past few months we have made a lot of progress in our efforts to realise our shared vision for Balbriggan and its community.'

The council chief executive said: 'For eight weeks next January and February, Balbriggan will be in the national spotlight and it will be an opportunity to showcase all that it has to offer.'

The announcement of Balbriggan's selection as the host town was made in Bremore Castle at an event to issue a call for participants in the 2019 show that was attended by programme presenter Kathryn Thomas and former leaders David Cryan, Felicity Moroney, Mary Diamond, Sarah O'Callaghan and Wayne O'Donnell.

Those wishing to take part in the programme can apply online by going to www.rte.ie/ot and following the instructions there.

If you have any questions or if you would like an application form sent to you in the post, please call Helen, Elisha or Yvonne on 01 864 1444 or email ot@vipmg.tv

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