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This will be a PROVINCIAL Qualifier for the new 4 Nations Provinces titles and will be held at 1PM, SUNDAY, 12TH MARCH, KILLANNIN COMMUNITY CENTRE, KILLANNIN ROSSCAHILL, CO.GALWAY.  This will be a selection process to each of the Provinces finals and onward to the Ireland’s Strongest Man Grand Final.  The finals will be in Co. Armagh (Details to follow) on Saturday and Sunday 27th & 28th May 2017.  This year at the televised Grand Final of Ireland’s Strongest Man 2017 will promise to be bigger and better than ever before but we want to see all strength competitors to show their support for the ISA. as we continue strength in Ireland.

The disciplines planned are:

  1. Farmers Walk, 125 KG, Gas Bottles over a 40 m course for 75 seconds, distance covered or time taken
  2. Log Lift, this will run side by side with the Log Lifting Championships with a MAX log and a repetition log to give their combined total in the points.  There will be categories for this event of 95KG, 110KG and 110KG+.  Plus Junior and Master section.  The combined total for your MAX log and repetitions made will be your score, with a bonus 100 Euro given to the best combined total in each of these weight categories.  With a further 100 Euro given to the pound for pound section of the log lifting.  Finally, a further 250 Euro to the biggest MAX log lifted on the day (not reps).  Also, a Daddy Challenge of 250 Euro given on the day for anyone that breaks the Daddy’s Glenn Ross 185KG log (combined 500 Euro total if achieved). *2 attempts allowed in a minute for the max log and 75 seconds in the repetitions*
  3. Car Deadlift Challenge– Competitors will lift 250KG for reps with straps, 75 seconds in this planned head to head event.
  4. Stone for Reps, 145 KG over a 4 and half foot bar, 75 seconds, head to head.

Winner will receive the Ultimate Strongman Ireland Provincial Qualifier Winners Trophy and 100 Euro, making the overall prize pot 1000 Euro for this contest.  *Special Note- Every competitor wishing to be in this years Ireland Strongest Man 2017 must have all application forms in by the 7th March.  All competitors must compete in this event if they wish to go forward to the televised Ireland Strongest Man except Pa O’ Dwyer, Sean O’Hagan, Jonathan Kelly and Ivan Gannon (These competitors must have their application forms completed and sent by March 7th to confirm entry to the Grand Final.  They are welcome to do the Log Lifting Championships if they wish)

We wish everyone a great 2017, our Newsletter will be launched this weekend.  With new and exciting events and opportunities for its athletes as we secure the biggest televised competition schedule ever for Irish athletes.

Application form link: http://irishstrongman.com/membership-form/ 

The Ireland Provincial Qualifier proved to be a very successful competition with 15 competitors looking to secure their top 12 spot at the All Ireland Final.  These competitors were from Ulster, Leinster, Connaught and Munster.  It was a warm sunny day in Galway and the expectations were high for all of the competitors as this was their first competition of the strength year.  The Provincial Qualifier was tied in with the Ireland Log Lifting Competition were Angelo Iannetta was looking to defend his Pound for Pound title.  The first event was the farmers walk and this saw Dean Kennedy win the event with a storming time of 18.75.  The second event was the log for maximum.  There were a number of stand out performances such as Kealan Harrington who only weighs 88kg, pressed 110kg above his head.  However, it was Ivan Gannon who lifted 145kg to secure the win.  The third event was the car deadlift for reps.  This saw Matthew McCoy get 13 Reps but it was Mr. Consistent, David Loughman who got 14 Reps to secure the win.  The fourth event was the 100kg log for reps.  This saw Dean Doyle and David Loughman get 6 reps each but it was Ivan Gannon who got 7 reps.  The last event was the 145kg stone for reps.  We had a number of big stone lifters like David Jones and Gavin Redmond.  However, it was Matthew McCoy and Dean Doyle who got 5 reps each to share the top spot.  Due to his consisency David Loughman won the qualifier and now he looks on to win his 1st major competition and become Ireland’s Strongest Man.  With the log falling on his foot Gavin Redmond was handed the Warrior Medal.  We will see you at the next ISA event near you!

The results for the Ireland Provincial Qualifier is below:

Event 1- Farmers Walk

1Dean Kennedy18.75 secs15
2David Loughman19.07 secs14
3Gavin Redmond19.68 secs13
4Dean Doyle19.97 secs12
5Matthew McCoy22.66 secs11
6John Duffy23.00 secs10
7Tim O’Brien23.78 secs9
8David Jones25.72 secs8
9Brain Gannon27.28 secs7
10Angelo Iannetta35.47 secs6
11Ian Phelan40.71 secs5
12David Kent14 metres4
13Francis Mulligan10.2 metres3
14Eli Shaw3.6 metres2
15Kealan Harrington2.7 metres1

Event 2- Log for Maximum

PositionNameMax WeightPointsOverall Points
1David Loughman140KG1529
2Angelo Iannetta135KG1420
3Gavin Redmond130KG12.525.5
3Dean Doyle130KG12.524.5
5Dean Kennedy125KG1126
6Eli Shaw115KG9.511.5
6Matthew McCoy115KG9.520.5
8Kealan Harrington110KG89
9Brain Gannon105KG714
10John Duffy100KG5.515.5
10David Jones100KG5.513.5
12Tim O’BrienX09
12Ian PhelanX05
12David KentX04
12Francis MulliganX03

*Ivan Gannon pressed 145kg to win the MAX log for Ireland Log Lifting Championships*

Event 3- Car Deadlift for Reps

PositionNameRepsPointsOverall Points
1David Loughman141544
2Matthew McCoy131434.5
3Gavin Redmond111338.5
4Angelo Iannetta91232
5Dean Doyle81135.5
6David Kent71014
7David Jones6922.5
8Dean Kennedy5834
9Ian Phelan3712
10Kealan Harrington15.514.5
11Brain Gannon15.519.5
12Eli Shaw X011.5
12John DuffyX015.5
12Tim O’BrienX09
12Francis MulliganX03

Event 4- Log for Reps

PositionNameRepsPointsOverall Points
1David Loughman 6 14.5 58.5
1Dean Doyle614.550
3Gavin Redmond5 12.551
3Angelo Iannetta512.544.5
5David Kent3 1024
5Dean Kennedy31044
5Eli Shaw31021.5
8Kealan Harrington2 7.522
8Brain Gannon27.527
10Matthew McCoy1 5.540
10David Jones15.528
12Ian Phelan X 012
12John DuffyX015.5
12Tim O’BrienX09
12Francis MulliganX03

*Ivan wins log for reps for log lifting championships with 7 reps*

Event 5- Stone Reps

PositionNameRepsPointsOverall PointsOverall Place
1 Dean Doyle 5 14.5 64.52
1Matthew McCoy514.554.54
3 David Loughman41270.51
3Gavin Redmond412633
3David Jones412407
6Angelo Iannetta31054.55
7Brian Gannon18.535.58
7John Duffy18.52410
8 Dean Kennedy00446
8David Kent0024 (c)9
8Kealan Harrington002211
8Eli Shaw0021.512
8Ian Phelan001213
8Tim O’Brien00914
8Francis Mulligan00315


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