Ian Fortune

Only minutes after being informed by our own Dawn Quinn that the Mahoney family that won Ireland’s Fittest Family on Sunday evening were involved in greyhound racing, an email dropped from the Eilish McCann on behalf of the Co Wexford Owners and Breeders Association to congratulate the family that are steeped in greyhounds.

The statement read, “On behalf of Co. Wexford Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association, I would like to extend congratulations to the Mahoney family from Barntown, who last night were the first ever Wexford winners of this very challenging competition. Under the tutelage of Davy Fitzgerald, Joanne, Alan, Kevin and Conor gave their all in every way possible to emerge victorious. Dad Tommy and Conor are very well known in racing circles. Conor is a most agreeable young man who is always willing to help anyone who needs it around the track. Well done to them all! Loch Garman Abu.”

Loch Gorman Abu indeed. As it happens, I was watching on Sunday evening as my eldest daughter Cara is obsessed with the competition and I was so taken by the efforts of the Mahoneys.

The bravery, determination, fitness and pure will to win shown by their mother Joanne was something to behold and pretty inspiring, while the pure athleticism of her three sons was a joy to watch.

They were certainly fully deserving winners and it was an added bonus to find out this morning that they are doggy people.

Tommy Mahoney, who avoided the hill runs, the swim through marshy waters and dreaded eliminator, is responsible for the successful ‘Gymstar’ prefix. So, it means that their Barntown base is pretty much a centre for excellence, as not only are they producing human athletes, but they are responsible for some canine stars also.

Again, a huge congratulations from all involved in Irish greyhound racing to the Mahoney family on their success in Ireland’s Fittest Family.

On Track with Talking Dogs Bonus Episode: Conor Mahoney

On Sunday, Rory Burke had caught up with Conor Mahoney for our On Track with Talking Dogs podcast to chat about greyhound racing, GAA and of course Ireland's Fittest Family.

Of course Conor was keeping his cards close to his chest about the win but take a listen to what he had to say now. 

If you cannot see the embedded player above, click here to listen to Conor's story.