Operation Transformation had its first airing on Wednesday night and all five Operation Transformation leaders have been announced. Among their ranks are Cashel’s Marie Cleere who lives with her mum Angela, and works part time as an SNA with children living with disabilities.

Marie was born with Achondroplasia, and joins the programme fearful that her health and weight is going in the wrong direction. A smoker since she was aged 14, Marie watched keenly as 2022 Leader Stefano Sweetman managed to kick the habit, and she hopes that the expert support offered will help her do the same.


Marie joins her fellow Operation Transformation leaders Thomas Hynes, Andrea Daly, Stephanie Bowden and Lorraine Dempsey as they embark on health and wellness journey to improve their overall health. Thomas Hynes, from Granard, Co. Louth is 50 years old and lives with his wife Eileen and their 11-year-old son Harry. Five years ago, Thomas suffered a heart attack, and says that “A risk to my heart is a risk to my health, and getting a healthy lifestyle is my motivation to becoming an Operation Transformation Leader in 2023.”


38-year-old Andrea Daly, originally from Arklow, Co Wicklow but lives now in Portlaoise with her husband Joe and their three children Alex, Ryan and Masey. Their eldest son Dylan passed away in 2019 at the age of 13; he had been born with cerebal palsy and following his birth his paretns became his full-time carers. The time has come for Andrea to go on an adventure of discovery – not only for herself but for her family too – and she knows Dylan will be with her every step of the way.   

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