IT may well have taken the ‘eliminator’ but well know Letterkenny sporting family, the Ryans, have made it into the semi-finals of the RTE show Ireland’s Fittest Families.
The competition requires four per team which needs one female and one parent to be taking part. Alanna (16), Jordan (17) and Keane (22) are joined their father Danny Ryan in the ‘Quarter finals’ which were aired on TRE One this evening.
Although they won the opening event, they failed to finish the second test which left them in last place meaning that they had to contest the dreaded eliminator but they proved to be too strong for their opponents.
The concept of the show is that twelve families go head-to-head in a succession of fitness challenges in a bid to win the prize of €15,000.
Maria and Danny and their family live in Kilmacrennan. They have five children Keane, Jordan, Alanna, Odhran (9) and Katie (7).
Danny is a former Irish Senior Middleweight boxing champion and he has 39 Irish vests from World Championships and Commonwealth Games before going on to win an IBO Intercontinental World Championship belt in the pro ranks.
He now works as a psychiatric nurse in Letterkenny alongside his son Keane, also a qualified psychiatric nurse.
Danny and Keane also run a part-time gym called Danny Ryan Boxfit in Letterkenny. Danny is also known for coaching local white collar boxers over the last six years while he enjoys running, cycling, hillwalks, kayaking, snorkelling and his new passion – indoor rowing.
Both Keane and Jordan ran underage with Letterkenny Athletic Club. Jordan, a leaving cert student in St Eunan’s College, plays with Derry City U17 team while Keane enjoys playing both soccer and GAA.
Alanna is a transition year student at Loreto, Letterkenny. She enjoys running and has played soccer for her local club and school while she has taken part in one of the local charity white collar boxing events.
The Ryans are joined by former rugby star Alan Quinlan.
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