Peter Clohessy is crowned ICA recruit of the year

RUGBY star turned publican Peter Clohessy has another award to add to his trophy cabinet after winning the Charity ICA Bootcamp television programme.

RUGBY star turned publican Peter Clohessy has another award to add to his trophy cabinet after winning the Charity ICA Bootcamp television programme.

Hundreds of thousands of people tuned in to watch Saturday’s live final on RTE One, which also featured Comedian Dave Young and showjumper Jessica Kuerten.

The charity AWARE, which was Peter Clohessy’s designated charity, will net €20,000 as a result of his winning the public vote.

A total of €100,000 was raised for charity during the programme, which was broadcast from the headquarters of the ICA in An Grianan, Co Louth.

During the programme each of the contestants had to complete various tasks which were set by three mentors from the ICA.

Task varied from washing and ironing to preparing and cooking animals, such as pigs and rabbits.

Dave Young was first to be voted off the live final and in the end the ‘Claw’ just beat Jessica Kuerten to win the competition.

Proudly wearing his sash and holding the crystal vase prize Peter Clohessy said: “I feel great (to have won). Jessica had been on my heels all this week, but I managed to just pip her at the post.”

Peter, who is also a part-time farmer, said taking part in the bootcamp was a great experience.

“It has been a fabulous experience. I’d be kind of straight in my ways at home and to come up here and do something like this was different for me and I really enjoyed it,” he said.