The McLoughlin family from Newbridge
A Kildare mother of eight boys and three of her sons will take part in season six of RTÉ's Ireland's Fittest Family.
The McLoughlin family from Newbridge will battle it out in a bid to win the coveted prizemoney of €15,000.
Orla, and sons Danny (16), Conor (22) and Ryan (24) will go up against some 19 other families in the show.
Orla is a fitness trainer in Industrial Fitness, in Newbridge, eldest son Ryan is a musician, and was a member of Irish band HomeTown, Conor works in social care and Danny works with racehorse trainer Dermot Weld.
“I’ve always wanted to apply, so I said last year one of these days you are going to see me on this. I said it to the lads that I’d love to do it, I’d be watching it thinking ‘I’d be able to do that’ so just went for it and got it", Orla told the Leader.
"Because they’re older and they’re all doing their own thing, I was thinking it would be a good way to spend time with them", she added.
Orla said the family are very into their fitness.
“Ryan is very much into fitness, Conor plays football (with Moorefield and Newbridge Hotspurs) and he trains in the gym with me, Danny doesn’t really but he’d be working with the horses so he’d be fit enough."
Orla herself teaches fitness classes. “I went back to college there last year and got my qualification as a fitness and gym instructor. Years ago I was always into it, and obviously I had the kids then and I used to go running in between the pregnancies. I always loved walking and running up the Curragh, keeping fit and getting out. That was my own little thing that I done for my head, for my mental health, peace of mind, and a break from the kids.
“I loved what it done for me, and I always said I’d love to go back to college and do something for myself because I left school early because I was pregnant. So I didn’t get to do the things people at that age get to do so I went back to college and got my qualification, and always said I’d love to give it back to somebody, give it to other women maybe."
Orla said the training was very tough, but a great experience.
Tune into 'Ireland's Fittest Family' on RTÉ One, on Sunday October 28 at 6.30pm.