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01/08/2021

Keg tossing and car lifting are a piece of cake to Strongest Celt competitors

Some mighty muscle power was on display at Carrick-on-Suir’s Sean Healy Park last Sunday.

Some mighty muscle power was on display at Carrick-on-Suir’s Sean Healy Park last Sunday.

Spectators were gobsmacked at the herculean lifting and throwing feats of the brawny competitors in the Strongest Celt Competition.

The contest, organised by Carrick-on-Suir’s very own strong man Ray O’Dwyer, featured challenges that would make most mere mortals wince.

The seven super fit competitors were tested in their ability to toss a keg, press dumb bells, lift the 150kg Atlas stone, lift a car and walking the Husfield Stone.

The strongmen, who came from as far a field as Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny and Lithuania, also had to contend with frequent heavy downpours of rain throughout the competition.

Ireland’s reigning Republic of Ireland Strongest Man James Fennelly from Kilkenny, who has held the title for the past three years, was among the challengers for the Strongest Celt crown.

Fianna Fail Cllr Sylvia Cooney-Sheehan, who officially launched the competition, praised Ray O’Dwyer from Carrick-on-Suir Fitness for doing a brilliant job of bringing the event to the town.

Champion on the day was Valdas Lukosevicius from Lithuania, who displayed unbelievable human strength and whose focus on events never waivered.

James Fennelly clinched second place.

Ray O’Dwyer, who crowned the Republic of Ireland’s Strongest Man in 2003, thanked all the competitors, his partner Antonia Jane Hannigan for all her work behind the scenes and all the competitions sponsors.

RIGHT: Valdas Lukosevicius from Lithuania was winner of the ‘Strongest Celt’ competition.

He is pictured competing in the car dead lift challenge on the day.

BELOW: Enjoying the action at the Strongest Celt Competition in Sean Healy Park last Sunday were local lads Ben Cooney, John Ryan, Eric O’Neill and Dean Wall

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