Limerick's Jean Tierney: 'I'd do Operation Transformation again in a heartbeat'

Nick Rabbitts


Nick Rabbitts


Limerick's Jean Tierney: 'I'd do Operation Transformation again in a heartbeat'

Operation Transformation star Jean Tierney, flanked by Dr Eddie Murphy and her partner Paddy at the walk in Lough Gur on the show's first weekend PICTURE: KIERAN RYAN-BENSON

LIMERICK woman Jean Tierney, who left this year’s series of Operation Transformation said she would join the weight loss show again “in a heatbeat”.

The 33-year-old from Holycross, near Bruff, received the most joyous news this week when she discovered she was pregnant for a third time.

It comes after her first baby Sloane died at just five days old last year, and months later, she suffered a miscarriage.

“Obviously when I found out I was pregnant again, it was a lot to take on. But the team are amazing. The five leaders all sat around, and we spoke about our own journey,” she told the Limerick Leader, “I’d do it all again in a heartbeat.”

Given her previous history, she was ordered to stop the weight loss and training show – which airs Wednesday nights on RTE One. But she aims to stay in touch with the other contestants and will attend the Phoenix Park final in a fortnight.

Her previous troubles mean she, partner Paddy are taking nothing for certain third time around.

She said: “With my history, the first thing I’d look forward to is my first scan. I’d get one at six weeks to find out if the baby’s in the right place. My next goal is to get past the ten week mark, because that’s when I had my miscarriage. Then there is 31 weeks and 34 weeks because those dates were significant with Sloane.”

It was her previous heartbreaking news that prompted the inspirational Limerick woman to enter Operation Transformation in the first place.

She praised the reaction she has received from Limerick people, particularly after she revealed her pregnancy on Wednesday’s show.

“People are amazing. Before Wednesday night’s show, I had my phone off really early. I didn’t watch that night, as since the pregnancy hormones kicked in, I've been goosed most nights. I was nervous, I was apprehensive, but everyone has been unreal,” she added.

Operation Transformation continues next Wednesday, 9.35pm on RTE One.