MUNSTER and Irish rugby legend Peter Clohessy braved the wrath of the fearsome mentors on last night’s Charity ICA Bootcamp on RTE, keeping the Limerick man on course to scoop the grand title of ‘Charity ICA Bootcamp Recruit of the Year 2011’ with over €100,000 raised for charity in the process.
By making it through to live finals, which will be broadcast in a week’s time, Clohessy also guaranteed a whopping €20,000 cheque for his charity of choice, Aware, who provide support for people suffering from depression.
The former Irish prop beat off the challenge of fellow celebrities Dr. Eva Orsmond, star of Operation Transformation, former Green Party TD Paul Gogarty and burlesque performer, model and snake charmer Emma Quinlan, in last night’s episode, charming formidable ICA mentors Imelda Byrne, Josephine Helly and Marie McGuirk, in the process.
Clohessy and his fellow contestants had to shed their “glad rags”, give up their “champagne lifestyles” and travel to the ICA training headquarters in An Grianán, Termonfeckin to take on the challenge, which saw them perform several interesting tasks, including gutting and skinning fish and cooking it for the mentors, fashion a party outfit from recession appropriate sackcloth, and perform some extreme ironing - all of which Munster legend Clohessy seemed to take in his stride.
Clohessy is now into next week’s final, which will be broadcast over three nights, but in the meantime, two other local celebrities will be vying to join the rugby legend in the finals as they face off in their own heats.
First up is reigning Mr World Kamal Ibrahim, who faces the current Ms Ireland, Emma Waldron, entertainer Dickie Rock and 98FM broadcaster Siobhan O’Connor in his bid to make it to the final. Kamal’s episode airs on RTÉ One this Tuesday night.
Finally, You’re A Star winner and Corbally native Leanne Moore will don a pair of pink plastic wellies in her heat, which will be broadcast on Sunday night and also feature Mary McEvoy, Dave Young and Stephen Carter - and will see Leanne forced to pluck a chicken in the “Throw Them In At The Deep End” challenge, while another challenge involves a pair of pig testicles.
Speaking about the experience, Leanne said: “It was unlike anything I have ever done before. I’d never have been very domesticated and I am completely DIY ignorant but it was great craic, great fun and it is for charity,” she said.
Even by appearing on the show, Leanne is guaranteed €5,000 for her chosen charity of the Mid West Regional Cancer Care Unit. Leanne’s episode will be broadcast this Sunday at 9.30pm.