Ireland’s Strongest Man 2019


Qualified Athletes

The Ireland’s Strongest Man Final is not far away, with athlete preparation in full swing this year is wide open for the title of Ireland’s Strongest Man 2019. With the current Ireland’s Strongest Man and UK’s Strongest Man Pa O’Dwyer looking in the best shape of his life, he will be hard to stop gaining a record breaking 4th title. In his way is the current Ulster’s Strongest Man, Sean O’Hagan who is looking to take back his Ireland’s Strongest Man crown. Gavin Redmond (reigning Republic of Ireland Strongest Man) will continue to take points off competitors and could work in his favour come the final. However, you can not forget about the 2 times Ireland’s Strongest Man, Jonathan Kelly who has made a comeback to shake UK strongman. This is going to be an epic battle over 2 days and is not to be missed on 27th and 28th April, 1pm, at the McKee Clock, Bangor.

  1. Pa O’Dwyer (Current Champion)- Co. Limerick
  2. Sean O’Hagan- Co. Down
  3. Chris McNaughton- Co. Antrim
  4. Gavin Redmond- Co. Wexford
  5. Jonathan Kelly- Co. Antrim
  6. Phil Morgan- Co. Antrim
  7. David Jones- Co. Kilkenny
  8. Dean Doyle- Co. Wexford
  9. Matthew McCoy- Co. Antrim
  10. Dale Winters- Co. Down
  11. Gerhard Buckley- Co. Dublin
  12. Dean Kennedy- Co. Wexford

This year the competition will have 16 athletes with 2 groups of 8.  Athletes that did the qualification route will be seeded amongst 2 groups A and B. 

Day 1 (Saturday 27th April, 1pm, McKee clock arena).
Event 1 Tyre Flip- The competitors will start the competition in a 4 lane race challenge.  A 400 Kg Tyre Flip (no tacky) must be taken completely over a 20m course.

Event 2: DEADLIFT for maximum! . Ireland’s Strongest Man DEADLIFT will be a maximum test of strength. With STRAPS being ALLOWED, but NO SUITS! Each competitor in a last man standing format. On the referee call of Strongman’s name the competitor has two attempts at lock out (lift off the floor) to win in a minute. We will open with 280kg (616lb) and will jump 20kg at time till only 3 remain of our 12 finalists. We will then allow 10kg jumps or referee nominated weight agreed there after…Till a winner is found standard length straps only (No figure of 8 straps) and chalk only( No talc) must be used. This is the finals maximum test. We have some of the biggest raw deadlifters in the country gathered for what is set to be an Irish Strength Association record breaking day!

Event 3: Sack throw over the bar. 5 weighted sacks to be thrown over 15ft (30lb, 35lb, 40lb, 45lb, 50lb) in 75 secs. 2 hands can be used. No tacky allowed.

Event 4: Scores will be made from groups A and B where last place from each group will be eliminated not to do the 4th event and 7th, 6th, 5th, 4th will be in a car deadlift hold with straps eliminated (No figure of 8 straps). Competitors will lift the car on the referees whistle on position of points from the first 3 disciplines so if you are last in points, you will be first to lift. 1 second is given per point. Last man standing in each group will qualify for the grand final in the final 8 in day 2.

Day 2 Disciplines (Sunday 28th April)

Groups A and B will come together to make this final 8 in this 5 discipline event final.

Event 1- Super Yoke: 5m, 43oKG, (completely over the line) anchor and chain drag, 305KG, 10 m. 75 secs. 4 lane event, and the leading 2 in the group will be in the last run.

Event 2- Dumbell Press- Competitors on the referee whistle will lift the dumbell with one or two hands to shoulder. Then competitor must remove the lifting arm to the pressing arm. Competitors with one arm only from the shoulder press the dumbell, head forward and in a erect stance to referee to give a successful down signal. Lift is complete once the dumbell is brought down to shoulder under control with one arm to continue the press. Or the dumbell returned to the floor passed the shoulder only when two hands are allowed in the control of the dumbell. Dumbell must remain on the platform at all times or control is lost and lifting is terminated.
Special note: competitor can press the dumbell continuously off the shoulder with one arm if able to control the dumbell on the return to shoulder. A balance to reset the lift with the other hand on the shoulder is allowed, not caught in mid air though, only when the dumbell hits the shoulder can the extra hand control. But then it must be pressed only with one arm ! Competitors wishing to change arms to press must do so by returning and touching the floor with the dumbell, before bringing it to the opposite shoulder.
A 75second time limit , with as many reps as possible given in this head to head event.

Event 3- Car Deadlift for reps with side handles (no straps)- 300KG for reps, 75 seconds.

Event 4- Truck Pull, Harness and Rope, 20 metres, fastest time wins.

Event 5- Stone onto the Causeway wall, 5 stones (100- 160KG). 90 seconds.

Competitor will be crowned the Ireland’s Strongest Man 2019 and will lift the 20th Finn McCool Trophy.


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