Fethard’s medieval town wall was the venue chosen by the Irish Strength Association (ISA) for the Republic of Ireland Strongest Man Qualifier 2012 held on Saturday, March 31. A large crowd of spectators turned out to see local competitor, Brian O’Meara, and Ireland’s strongest men compete for a place in the last sixteen of this year’s ‘Republic of Ireland Strongest Man’ competition.
Observers to this well disciplined event were fascinated to watch these men lift weights of over 44 stone over their head while others threw barrels over a 13-foot height barrier in quick succession against the clock.
Other events included lifting a 145kg Husafell stone over a distance marked on the well-kept grassed area at Fethard’s Town Wall. The original Husafell Stone, weighing roughly 190kg, was a legendary lifting stone located in Husafell, Iceland, over two hundred years ago. The stone has been used as a test of strength by either simply lifting the stone, or by lifting and carrying the stone around the goat pen where it is located.
The event in Fethard was well organised and entertaining with safety to the fore at all times. The spectators and visitors were treated to a spectacular feat of strength in glorious sunshine in a perfect medieval setting. We look forward to their return.