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Maria Ryan cheers on her fit family before the grand final

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first_imgAll of Donegal will be tuning in to support the Ryans from Kilmacrennan in the final of Ireland’s Fittest Family – and their mother Maria couldn’t be more proud.This Sunday, father Danny Ryan (44), and his eldest children Alanna (16), Jordan (17), and Keane (22) face one more round of gruelling physical and mental challenges in their bid to win €15,000 and this year’s title.Former boxing champion Danny leads the clan through the battles, but there’s a lady off camera who has done just as much to raise the winning team. Donegal Woman talked to mother Maria Ryan to see what life has been like since her family entered Ireland’s Fittest Family, and how being the mum of such an active family involves a lot of taxiing… and a lot of laundry!Each challenge has taken the Ryan team to a different place around Ireland. Maria was able to go along to the last three as the numbers of people on the sets narrowed down.“I would never have felt scared watching them do the challenges. I just wanted them to do well. The atmosphere in the car was brilliant coming home from the events, and we were just so happy to get to the next round each week,” said Maria. Between mud runs, bog swims and Hanging Tough challenges over water, the tasks were messy affairs. The red Ryan uniform was often invisible beneath muck at the end of the episodes. As Donegal Woman found out, it’s the mammy that has to do the washing!“I’m sick of the washing! After the events and when they were out training I’d be handed the black bags at the end of the day. There have been a lot of hot washes!”The Ryan family washing line!The location of each challenge would be kept secret until a few days before recording, so the Ryans had to be trained to tackle anything. “We spent a lot of time during the summer practicing for events and always trying to think about what could come up.”Maria is just as into fitness as the rest of the brood. “Horse riding and snorkeling are my things. I go horse-riding with my friends a couple of times a week, and myself and Danny would often go cycling through Glenveagh.”“We’ve always been an active family. We were never ones to be sitting around watching TV.”Between training, school and classes, Maria is the family taxi driver. “I am the taxi,” she laughs, “It’s so busy running them all to training, school and classes. It’s been busy even before they were entered into Ireland’s Fittest Family. Every evening someone needs to go somewhere. We have a good background of friends and family around us who help out with sharing lifts too.” “My time is when the kids are at school. I like to look after my chickens and two dogs and I always use my time to do something active.”Seeing her family reach the final of the show makes Maria a very proud mammy. “Every time I turn on the TV now I see the advert for the final. It’s hard to believe that that’s my family. I’m just so proud.”“No matter what the result, to get to the final it’s amazing and there are so many strong families taking part.”Good luck Team Ryan! Read the full interview here on DonegalWoman.ie. Maria Ryan cheers on her fit family before the grand final was last modified: December 16th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Ireland’s Fittest FamilyRTERyanTVlast_img read more

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SOCCER: SHANE BYRNE APPOINTED NEW LYIT MEN’S SOCCER MANAGER

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first_imgGlengad United FC manager Shane Byrne has been appointed as the new manager of the LYIT Men’s soccer team.Byrne has enjoyed a decorated managerial and coaching career and is regarded as one of the finest coaches in Donegal.Byrne led Glengad United FC to their first ever Inishowen Premier League title last season and that success has only enhanced his reputation in the game. Byrne had been studying at LYIT for the last number of years and would be very familiar with the set-up at the Port Road campus.Byrne replaces Niall McGonagle who was the LYIT Men’s manager for over eleven years.Byrne will move quickly now to begin his preparations for the new season which get underway in the next few weeks.It is expected that long-time servant to LYIT, Tommy Harkin will continue in his role as physio.  SOCCER: SHANE BYRNE APPOINTED NEW LYIT MEN’S SOCCER MANAGER was last modified: September 22nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:soccerSportlast_img read more

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DONEGAL SOCCER ACADEMY: SCOIL MHUIRE MILFORD DO THE DOUBLE IN PRIMARY 7’S COMPETITION

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first_imgThe Donegal Soccer Academy Primary Soccer 7s (sponsored by Sellm8.com) was back at Ballyare last Tuesday as the qualifying for the Letterkenny/North Donegal Section took place.The Boys Section saw Creeslough NS and Kilmacrennan NS qualifying from group 1, whereas Scoil Mhuire (Milford) and St. Finian’s (Falcarragh) navigating through group 2. This set up two intriguing and closely fought semi-finals with both needing penalties to decide the winner.St. Finian’s overcame Cresslough, whilst on the pitch opposite Scoil Mhuire defeated Kilmacrennan.In the Girls Section it was a similar story with Scoil Mhuire (Milford), Kilmacrennan NS and St. Finian’s (Falcarragh) all advancing to the semi finals being joined by Stramore NS who qualified through Group 1.St. Finian’s faced off against Stramore in the semi finals and after a 1-1 draw during regulation time penalties again were needed, with St. Finian’s triumphing. In the other semi-final Scoil Mhuire defeated Kilmacrennan NS by a narrow margin, 2-1.The two finals saw St. Finian’s (Falcarragh) go head to head with Scoil Mhuire (Milford) for places in the Grand Finals.The boys final was a tense game with Scoil Mhuire grabbing the victory by one goal to nil.Not to be outdone by the boys Scoil Mhuire girls also overcame St. Finian’s with a goal 3 minutes from the end.Scoil Mhuire (Milford) will now take both teams to the grand finals of the DSA Primary Soccer 7s competition at the end of November.The Donegal Soccer Academy would like to thank all the schools and kids that participated and to teachers for overseeing a fantastic qualifying round of the competition. DONEGAL SOCCER ACADEMY: SCOIL MHUIRE MILFORD DO THE DOUBLE IN PRIMARY 7’S COMPETITION was last modified: October 29th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:soccerSportlast_img read more

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