Operation Transformation is back, which means it’s time to break out the leggings, set your goals for the year ahead and – most importantly – meet your new leaders!
The long-running show returns to screens on Wednesday 5th January at 9.35pm on RTÉ One. Viewers will once again follow five inspiring leaders from across the country as they take on a health and wellness plan with the aim of resetting and kick starting a new chapter in their lives.
As always, presenter Kathryn Thomas will be on hand to encourage the leaders every step of the way.
Today we can reveal Kathleen Hurley Mullins as our fifth and final leader for Operation Transformation 2022.
A woman of many talents, Kathleen is a beautician, salon owner and farmer from Co. Cork, and lives on her farm in Carrignavar with her husband Tony and their two children.
It’s been a challenging year for Kathleen, making this announcement even more of a cheerful surprise for her.
In December 2020, her sister became unwell and passed away suddenly. In the midst of this heartbreak, it was found that she had undiagnosed ovarian cancer. Kathleen says that losing her sister has been the hardest experience of her life.
After watching her sister go through this, Kathleen was assessed for ovarian cancer, when it was found she had a benign cyst. In May 2021 she decided to have the cyst and her ovaries removed, and immediately went into surgical menopause.
With this challenging year behind her, this leader wants to do something positive for herself in 2022, and getting healthy in body as well as mind is her new priority.
Operation Transformation 2022
Over the course of eight weeks the audience will see what transformation means to each leader. All of them are looking to the experts for guidance and information that can help them to begin and sustain a healthy lifestyle.
Devising the health and wellness plan and guiding the new leaders are fitness coach Karl Henry, principal clinical psychologist Dr. Eddie Murphy, dietitian Aoife Hearne, and general practitioner Dr. Sumi Dunne.
The five leaders began their transformation back in November when they were fully assessed by the experts. They also underwent the minimum fitness test with Prof Niall Moyna of DCU and his team. All the information from this stage will assist the experts in charting the safest way for each leader to become healthier.
Operation Transformation is delighted to announce that this year it will be based in Mullagh in Co Cavan. Each week the leaders will meet the experts here as they chart their weekly progress. In partnership with Cavan County Council, the county will host the weekly ad break challenges where Karl Henry gets a group of Cavan people moving as well as the audience at home.
During the series Dr. Eddie Murphy will also highlight some useful tips to help with mental wellness. As we all navigate our way through these difficult times Eddie will offer simple, practical advice that we can all use in our everyday lives.
Also back for 2022, is Ireland Lights Up. This popular initiative by the GAA encourages clubs from the 32 counties to open their grounds and allow people to safely walk under their lights with public health advice adhered to at all times.
After a tough couple of years, the GAA and Get Ireland Walking are delighted to invite communities back into the safe outdoor spaces where everyone can get moving at their own pace.
Operation Transformation 2022 kicks off on Wednesday 5th January at 9.35pm on RTÉ One.