Loughrea Man Leads The Way on Operation Transformation

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RTE One’s Operation Transformation  kicked off last Wednesday at 9:35 pm with the first weigh-in at which we got to meet the leaders of this year’s season. Among the ‘fab five’ is Galwegian man Shane, set to undergo an impressive body transformation. 

29-year-old Shane Farrell is a teacher and musical director from Loughrea, Co. Galway. He attended St Jarlath’s College in Tuam where he discovered his love for music. He is a dad to three children and a step-dad to one. Fourteen years ago, he was diagnosed with a ‘dead bladder’ condition which makes him unable to control his bladder. This affected his health considerably. Since the diagnosis, Shane put on weight rapidly after finding comfort and convenience in fast-food.  

In the first episode, Shane weighed 20st 7lbs (130.7kg) for a 6 ft 2 inches height. His next target is a 4lbs weight loss. 

The show aims to get everyone in Ireland off their couches in a spirit of healthy living and Shane has taken the first step to lead the way. 

Sports Ireland Local Sports Partnership teamed up with Operation Transformation to organise a Nationwide Walk taking place this  Saturday, 18 January. Thousands of people across Ireland will go out and walk, all to promote and enjoy physical activity and healthy living.   

We’re not the only ones rooting for Shane in his journey to a healthier lifestyle. Here are a few supporting tweets from people around the country: 


Best of luck to Shane!