After eight weeks of blood, sweat and plenty of tears, Ireland’s Fittest Family is set to reveal the winners.
Taking on The Mountain for their final challenge tomorrow is Derval O’Rourkes families, the Mileys and the Cullens, Davy Fitzgerald’s family, the Mahoneys, and Donncha O’Callaghan’s family, the Allens.
With just one day to go, here’s everything you need to know about the final four before they go head to head for the title on Sunday.
The Mileys from Kildare
The Miley family is made up of ex-footballer turned lorry and crane driver Liam, 59, trainee accountant, Jean, 25, student Niamh, 19, and electrician Darragh, 22.
Niamh, who is studying studying Early Childhood in LIT admits she is the least athletic of the family and that she was ‘on the fence’ about signing up at the beginning.
She admitted she never expected to even make it onto the show, never mind the final.
“We never in a million years thought we would get to the final. Never,” she told Irish Daily Mirror.
However, looking back she said the show has been a bonding experience for her family.
She added: “It’s been great to have something to talk about in this lockdown.
“Dad wanted to do it for as long as the show has been out.”
However, she admitted: “It was the toughest thing I’ve ever done. What can you expect, it’s on a Mountain.”
The Cullens from Wexford
The Cullens are made up of apprentice electrician Paddy, 21, TY student Katie, 15, Leaving Cert student James, 18, and former horse rider and hurler Thomas, 46.
Sports mad Paddy said it has been a great lift for the local area in the run up to the final.
He told Irish Daily Mirror: “We’ve been getting phone calls all week. The whole parish is excited to watch it.
“Everyone is buzzing for it.”
Having already completed Hell & Back three times, Paddy admitted he signed up to the programme thinking it would be ‘easy’ but admitted it was much tougher than he imagined.
He also admitted there’s some friendly rivalry with their local rivals The Mahoneys, and warned his family are definitely in it to win it.
“For us anyway we had a bit of a rivalry with the Mahonys.
“Just because they were the other Wexford family.
“We would be too competitive to only go and take part.
“We were only going with the hope to win.”
The Allens from Tipperary
The Allens are made up of Leaving Cert student James, 17, Junior Cert student Tom, 15, UCD Radiography student Ruth, 19, and 50-year-old farmer Ticey.
Fan favourite Ticey told Irish Daily Mirror he took the plunge to sign up, and has no regrets since.
“It was my idea to come on board.
“I suppose there was coming an age and I said this year or never because of Covid everyone was at home and I said now is the time to get up and do something.
And of the support they have received so far, he joked that it feels like the run up to an All Ireland final.
“It’s nuts you are being inundated with good wishes and posters going up.
“You’d swear it was an All Ireland Final you are in, with all the cards coming in. The phones are hopping.”
The Mahoneys from Wexford
The Mahoneys are made up of county footballers Conor, 19, and Alan, 17, gymnastics coach Joanne, 53, and 23-year-old gym enthusiast Kevin.
Kevin, who has been described as the leader of the group told Irish Daily Mirror: “I’m really excited to be honest. It looks like it is going to be a really good show.
Whilst little brother Alan signed the family up while he was at work, Kevin said it ended up as a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience.
However, he admitted he’s not sure if he would ever put himself through the pain again.
“It’s extremely tough like. Don’t know if I’d do it again kind of thing.
“It’s an incredible experience, and enjoyable while you are doing it, but it is extremely tough to be fair. I don’t think TV even does it justice.
“But it’s a once in a lifetime experience and I didn’t regret a single minute of it and if someone asked me should they do it, it’s 100 percent.”
Teasing what to expect from tomorrow’s show, he added: “I would say it is probably the toughest final ever.”
The grand finale
The Grand Final begins with a sprint down a gravel road and 4 obstacles to hurdle over.
Then the families must climb and traverse between the cargo net containers.
Next it’s a crawl through the pitch black rat tunnels. Followed by a steep climb and a second cargo net obstacle to negotiate.
At the bottom of the hill they must navigate a cargo net crawl and sprint to a 3 meter wall which all 4 members must clear.
Finally in the shadow of the mountain they’ll finish with a run up the ramp. The first family to have all 4 members standing on top of the ramp will be Ireland’s Fittest Family.
Ireland’s Fittest Family series finale airs on Sunday, 6: 30pm, RTÉ One.