Strongmen prepare for The Battle of Belvedere

Thursday, 22nd May, 2014 9:57am

Strongmen prepare for The Battle of Belvedere

Sean O'Hagan (left) and Glenn Ross with the Peugeot dealer in Mullingar, Ray Fenton.

Question: what’s six foot 11 and a half inches tall, weighs 29 stone and consumes nearly 10,000 calories a day?

Answer: Sean O’Hagan from Banbridge, one of the competitors in the Ireland’s Strongest Man 2014.

Sean and Glenn Ross (6’1” and 28st) were at Lough Owel Motors in Mullingar yesterday for the launch of The Battle at Belvedere, as the competition is being styled, which takes place on Sunday June 22; see irishstrongman.com.

Westmeath County Council are the main sponsors, in association with Fáilte Ireland, Lough Owel Motors and Mick Lynch Tree Services.

The Irish Strength Association is now in its 15th year and has been the qualifier for competitions such as UK Strongest Man, World Strongman Cup, Major World Team Championships and The World Strongest Man.

The winners for the last 14 years have battled for The Finn McCool Trophy.

Featured among the gruelling tests will be the ‘Car Lift and Hold’, which this year is being sponsored by Lough Owel Motors, Peugeot dealers at Lough Sheever Corporate Park, Mullingar. This event will involve two cars and two competitors in a head-to-head lift and hold of a one-tonne car for as long as possible.

Belvedere will also become Destination Adventure Sport on June 22 when Outdoor Discovery Adventure Company bring along the tallest Mobile Climbing Wall in Ireland and also Ireland’s newest craze, Archery Tag, plus lots more.

Admission to the event site is €10 for an adult, €5 for children U16, toddlers up to 3 years of age are free, plus there are great family deals.

Online booking at mykidstime.com and tickets can also be purchased at Mullingar outlets including; Belvedere Reception, Mullingar Arts Centre and The Greville Arms Hotel.

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