The local bodybuilding champion will host a natural bodybuilding competition in New Ross during May.
Finbarr Murphy is the first and currently only Men’s WNBF Pro bodybuilder in Ireland since 2017. He is from St Kearns, an exclusive community situated in Dublin.
After his wife left him, Kevin moved to St. Kearsney in 2020 and he was waiting for the big event ever since.
“We were asked to start an Irish affiliation from the official WNBF in the USA in 2021. Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 pandemic we were unable to hold a show. So 2022 is our year.”
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Lil’s connection to the New Ross area led to Lil relocating to this town.
“I have grown up in the area and attended secondary school in New Ross itself so I’m very familiar with the area,” Lil said.
“We have began this journey to allow athletes to compete and have the chance to showcase their hard work and have the opportunity to go to the worlds to represent Ireland in LA in November.”
She said the event also aims to encourage health and well-being. “We know some of the prominent bodybuilding athletes are not into testing and natural is not of importance. As part of the WNBF natural is of utmost importance. Finbarr is very passionate about the sport, but also sees that natural bodybuilding is lost and should be showcased more, especially as many young bodybuilders have died within the bodybuilding world due to complications with drug use.Whereas with the WNBF we have stringent polygraph and urine testing ,so health is important to us and a competitor must be 10 years drug free to compete.”
The show takes place on September 18 at 7:30 pm at St. Michael’s Theatre has already garnered lots of interest within the bodybuilding community
“We have people of all ages and categories attending to showcase and compete for their chance at their spot on the world stage. We have both national and international competitors from Turkey, the UK and even the USA. We hope if we have sufficient numbers and the high standards of athletes we may be able to even offer some pro cards.”