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:
OMG I’m in tears already. There’s a man who really needs the support of the whole country to start his new journey. We’re behind you Shane. Be kind to yourself, you’re on the right path. #OperationTransformation pic.twitter.com/8Ly1onwYeE
— Karen Devine (@interestedgal) January 8, 2020
Definitely fell in love a little bit with Shane tonight on #OperationTransformation
How he keeps going with that schedule is beyond me!
Wishing him all the best – you’ve got this! 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻
— Jayann Walsh (@JayannMWalsh) January 8, 2020
— Brian Curtin (@BCurtin_) January 8, 2020
Extremely proud of my good friend and colleague Shane for his bravery on @OpTranRTE last night. Knowing how tough you found it, you did brilliantly and the whole country is behind you 100% 💪🏼 Tune in to @RTELateLateShow tonight to hear more! #OperationTransformation
— Lydia (@lydiabrigid) January 10, 2020
Best of luck to Shane!