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Cill Barra Community Sports Centre embarks on Operation Transformation journey!

Cill Barra Operation TransformationOn a cold and dreary Monday evening in January, a large turnout of over eighty people commenced their Operation Transformation journey with Cill Barra Community Sports Centre.

The Operation Transformation Challenge was launched earlier this month as part of the Centre’s exciting new “focus on fitness” initiative for 2019, which aims to get the local community fit and healthy, while having fun in a relaxed group setting. It also set a collective weight loss goal of 1,000 lbs, the equivalent of 453 bags of sugar!

Those in attendance heard from mindset expert Shane O’Sullivan of Inspiring Excellence, nutrition expert Dietician Brendan Cullinan and fitness expert David Phelan from the Cill Barra Community Sports Centre. The talks from the health panel focussed on the importance of making small changes daily to help improve overall health and wellbeing, followed by a weigh-in for those who signed up to the 8-week programme.

The leaders and participants have already achieved a staggering 167.5 lbs weight loss after a successful first week of exercising and eating well. The Centre also hosted a group walk in the locality which was well attended by young and old and is now set to become a weekly activity, with all welcome to join in.

Leader Michelle Keohan is already feeling the benefits of the programme. “It has given me more energy and I feel so much better in myself and I’m making healthier food choices.”

According to Sinead Brannigan, Cill Barra Community Centre Manager, the programme has evolved into something greater then she could have imagined. “We know that we set ourselves a massive challenge but if we are helping one person to make a change for the better it will be worth it. Social connection is not something we can measure in numbers, but that being said, this programme definitely brings people together and encourages them to think a little more about introducing small healthy changes to their lifestyles.”

Sinead acknowledged the support of the business community, “Without doubt this programme would not happen if it wasn’t for the support of local businesses that are passionate about supporting a healthier Waterford city. Ball Cooperation, Jack Molloy, Walsh’s Bakehouse, Mulligans Pharmacy, UPMC Whitfield, Waterford Area Partnership, and the Department of Sport and Exercise Science at Waterford Institute of Technology have all gotten behind the initiative whole-heartedly and we’re very grateful for their invaluable support, advice and expertise.”

The Cill Barra Operation Transformation programme continues every Monday until March 11th and includes a weekly weigh-in and exercise session, with the weekly group walk taking place every Wednesday at 6.30pm.

Cill Barra Community Centre has also developed Teenage Workouts for 12 to 16 year olds. These workouts are aimed at teenagers unable to join a gym at present due to age restrictions.

If you wish to find out more information about gym memberships or lunchtime fitness classes, call 051-350800 for more information or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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