Ireland’s strongest men prepare for Derry battle

Strongman Glenn Ross pictured with staff from Energie Fitness ahead of this weekend's Ireland's Strongest Man contest in Derry. Included, from left, are Pat Walsh, Energie Fitness Group chief executive, Aaron Whoriskey, deputy manager, Michael Harkin, manager, and Andy Forbes, Energie Fitness proprieter. (2806PG19)

Strongman Glenn Ross pictured with staff from Energie Fitness ahead of this weekend's Ireland's Strongest Man contest in Derry. Included, from left, are Pat Walsh, Energie Fitness Group chief executive, Aaron Whoriskey, deputy manager, Michael Harkin, manager, and Andy Forbes, Energie Fitness proprieter. (2806PG19)

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The countdown is on to this weekend’s Ireland’s Strongest Man competition.

Last weekend may have seen the opening of the Peace Bridge, but now the city’s preparing for war as the country’s strongest men limber up to do battle in the shadow of Derry’s famous Walls.

Twelve powerhouses will compete in eight tests of strength, each with an eye on the coveted Finn McCool Trophy. The event, which will be televised on RTE, is being run by reigning UK’s Strongest Man and internationally renowned World Strongest Man competitor Glenn Ross. “The battle ground of Derry City Walls will host the greatest strength battle of modern times in Ireland. Ireland Strongest Man 2011 will consist of eight gruelling tests of strength that will push every part of the human body to the limit,” he said.

The two day competition begins this Friday at 6pm in Guildhall Square and continues on Saturday from 12noon. For further details checkout www.irishstrongman.com