Eyes of the Nation on Youghal as Pamela Starts Operation Transformation Journey

By Claire O’Donoghue


Operation Transformation Fever has kicked off in Youghal as Pamela Swayne officially begins her journey to a new healthier lifestyle. On her 37th birthday this past week, she had to do her first weigh in at RTE. That is the stuff of nightmares for most of us at any time of year, let alone after the excesses of Christmas. Pamela has stepped up to the scales with the hopes of it all being downhill from there, not likely though with the hard schedule that will be placed before all the leaders. However, speaking to the East Cork Journal, Pamela said she was delighted that she was only up one a half pounds over Christmas. Furthermore, she has the support of the whole town as she sets off in pursuit of her health and weight goals as messages of best wishes from the public and local businesses flood in.

Operation Transformation in now in its 12th year and is as popular as ever. The first programme in this 2019 series aired last night on RTE at 9.30pm, where the nation saw what Pamela and her fellow leaders will have in store for them in the coming 8 weeks. This weekend heralds the start of the official Operation Transformation Walks. In conjunction with local community organisations, Cork Sports Partnership has arranged a walk Saturday, January 12 in Youghal. The starting point is the Quay’s Car park at 11am sharp with a planned route of 6.2km. Anyone can take part and register for free at www.eventmaster.ie

It is the start of what is sure to be a great year for showcasing the town of Youghal and East Cork. After the nation watches Pamela’s inspiring journey, the eyes of the world will be fixed on the historic town as the renowned Ironman competition dates fast approaches on June 23. Thousands of competitors and spectators are expected for what is the world’s most gruelling race consisting of a 3.8km swim, 180km cycle followed by a 42.2km run.