What's On: The Inside Scoop on the Ultimate Strong Man


16 of the world’s most celebrated strongmen will descend on the town of Mullingar this August Bank Holiday weekend, for what’s promised to be a modern day battle of the Gladiators as the biggest, strongest, heaviest men on the planet compete in the Ultimate World Strongest 2-Man Team Championship 2012. We asked Maurice Stenson from Westmeath County Council what we can expect.

This kind of event is a first for Mullingar – what can parents expect?

Low priced entry, providing an afternoon and evening of excellent family entertainment on a Bank Holiday Weekend.

The Ultimate World Strongest Team Challenge 2012, being televised for distribution to 12 Sky Channels with a viewership of some 150 million people, is the only event of its kind in Ireland this year, with 16 of the biggest, heaviest and strongest men from around the world competing over 6 gruelling strength challenges to become the Strongest Team on the Planet.

The afternoon and evening will be packed with family fun events including food & crafts stalls, music by the Aftermath, Icon on Fire, Conor Quinn, Good Man Sheila and Sircles, weightlifting competitions, tug-o-war, facepainting, street magic, appoloscope and lots lots more.

What are you most looking forward to seeing at it?

The must see prestigous event of the afternoon is undoubtedly the televised Ultimate Strongest Team Challenge 2012. The famous "Stones of Strength" or "Atlas Stones" as they are better known, will be the final and most gruelling event of the evening. Can one of our modern day Gladiators lift all the Stones – it is surely a feat of strength not to be missed!

Also, don't miss the opportunity to see Irelands best Tug-o-War specialists in a warm up event prior to their departure as part of the Irish National Team to the World Championships in Switzerland in September.

There will also be an invitational International Weightlifting Competition, which is a first for Mullingar and will definately be worth having a look at the quality athletes that will be competing. 

Is there anything particularly unique or special that we should definitely not miss? 

Columb Barracks, Mullingar will provide the perfect backdrop for the Battle of the Modern Day Gladiators, putting on a show of strength many will not have witnessed before, nor ever witness again.

The Celtic Warriers of Ireland will be battling against teams from all over the world including; the Saxons, Barbarians, Yankees, Druids, Vikings, Pirates and Bravehearts. This is a once-off unique and special event for television and should definitely not be missed.

Mullingar is the Place to be on the 6th August!

Tell us in 5 words why we should go?

Giants, Gladiators, Television, Craic & Entertainment

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