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Kulczynski family from Clarecastle progress to Fittest Family semi-finals

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*Luca Kulczynski

A Clare family excelled once again with a blistering performance from the Kulczynskis seeing them take another step towards the €15k cash prize for the winners of Ireland’s Fittest Family.

‘Hanging Tough’ has become a firm favourite among viewers of the RTÉ show with Luca Kulczynski blitzing the challenge on Sunday evening. He managed to hang onto a bar suspended 20 feet in the air above freezing cold water for five minutes and thirty two seconds which was the third best time ever recorded in the eight series of the show.

As a result of winning both this challenge and Pontoon of Pain, Leroy, Nicola, Sabian and Luca flew into the semi-finals of the competition.

Fifteen year old Luca was regarded by viewers as one of the stars of Sunday’s episode along with twenty year old Ruth Allen from Tipperary. Such was his prowess that his school Rice College publicly lauded his performance expressing their pride at his leadership.

Derval O’Rourke is the mentor for the Clarecastle family who will be hoping to end the hoodoo of no Clare clan winning the show. Indeed the concept for the programme was created by two Clare men, James Sexton of Shannon and Sixmilebridge’s Davy Fitzgerald who has been a mentor on the show from the first episode.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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