ONE of Cork’s historical landmarks takes centre stage in the opening episode of Ireland’s Fittest Family on Sunday night.
Located on a 45-acre site with a view over the Port of Cork, Camden Fort Meagher comprises a sizeable number of buildings and a vast underground infrastructure. The production team said the 400-year-old military fort in Crosshaven was an ideal location for the show. They said the underground tunnels proved to be very challenging in the time trials and the eliminator round that followed may be one of the toughest to date.
Noel Condon, chairman of Camden Fort Meagher, said they enjoyed helping with the show: “We closed down the Fort for a weekend in the middle of June. We closed for a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and eight of our volunteers were involved in filming. The competitors had certain things to do and our volunteers were guiding them.”
Despite their behind the scenes access, Mr Condon said they were sworn to secrecy regarding the outcome of the show. The fort is not the only Cork connection to the programme, with three of the four coaches from the Rebel county. Last year’s winning coach Anna Geary returns and is joined by Munster Rugby Legend Donncha O’Callaghan.
The third Cork coach, Irish Sprint Hurdles record holder Derval O’Rourke, is no stranger to the fort, living as she does in Crosshaven.
Camden Fort Meagher is open to visitors, with exhibits on the fort’s Brennan torpedo installation and one of the only resident 9/11 exhibits outside the US. For more information visit www.camdenfortmeagher.ie.