Wednesday 24 July 2019

Crowds turn out for 'Op Transformation' ad break challenges

A huge and enthusiastic turnout at the Operation Transformation ad break challenge
A huge and enthusiastic turnout at the Operation Transformation ad break challenge
Stepping out at the Operation Transformation ad break challenge (pics by Fintan Clarke)
Karl Henry puts the Balbriggan crowd through their paces
Local councillors Malachy Quinn and Gráinne Maguire were at Operation Transformation Ad Break Challenge at Bremore Castle, Balbriggan

Operation Transformation has officially taken over Balbriggan and a big crowd once again turned out at the weekend for the latest filming of 'ad break challenges' for the health and fitness television series.

For the first time, the popular series is basing itself in one town and the town the programme chose was Balbriggan.

The Operation Transformation crew are attempting to get the whole town moving and have made a fine start of it so far with big crowds showing up to film the commercial break challenges, another round of which was filmed at the weekend in the town.

The series returned to our screens on January 12 but on January 9, there was some filming done in Balbriggan with locals to encourage everyone watching at home to get active during the breaks in the show.

Fitness expert Karl Henry put the crowd through their paces on a cold night in February but the locals proved themselves well up for the challenge.

The 3km walk in Balbriggan When it was announced back in September that Operation Transformation would be coming to Balbriggan this year, Fingal County Council welcomed the decision as a great opportunity to showcase the town.

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 Transfor- mation studio is based inside Bremore Castle 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 are working with them to produce top quality programmes using many of the heritage, sporting and community facilities we have in the town and surrounding area.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.For eight weeks next January and February, Balbriggan is in the national spotlight...'

Fingal Independent