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THE IRONMAN OF LOUISBURGH Eamonn Keane has clocked up 20 World Records during his endurance weightlifting career.

Mike Finnerty

THE name of legendary Louisburgh weightlifter Eamonn Keane features prominently yet again in the latest Guinness Book of World Records.
This year, 20 of his records are included in the famous chronicle — 50 per cent of the 40 Guinness World Records that Eamonn holds for his feats in strength, power, fitness and endurance.
Each issue of the World Records annual book is based on a random sample of 10 per cent of all of its records.
The retired primary school teacher has become one of the biggest names in international endurance weightlifting over the years.
His challenges are based on the amount of weight he can lift over a particular time period. They stretch across squats, deadlifts, arm crunches, dumbbell raises and more.
Eamonn’s greatest achievement in all his year of weight lifting is also the record that has lasted the longest.
On July 22, 2003, he bench-pressed 138,480kg in one hour at the World Gym in Marina del Rey, California. His achievement led Joe Gold, the founder of the fitness chains Gold’s Gym and World Gym, to describe him as “the greatest endurance strength athlete who has ever walked on planet Earth”.
In an interview last year, Eamonn, who has become known as ‘The Ironman’ for his exploits over the years, explained where his interest in the weightlifting had come from.
“When I was six years of age Justin Moran, a great friend of mine, showed me a picture of the Guinness Book of World Records and in it was the strongest man in the world,” he said. “From that day I knew I wanted to be in the book.
“I’m the most decorated record-holder ever in strength. I’ve the most strength world records ever by a man and I’ve the most strength world records at any one time.”
The well-known former Louisburgh Gaelic footballer also has his eye on ‘an unbreakable’ record which would guarantee his legacy in terms of Guinness World Records.
“In record-breaking the ultimate thing is to have an unbreakable, which is a record that no one can break. If it lasts 30 years they’re called unbreakables,” he said.
“I have one that has been there for 14 years now. The one-hour bench press. I did that in Marina del Rae World Gym in Los Angeles in 2003.”
During that 2017 interview, Keane also spoke about his vehement opposition to doping and performance-enhancing supplements.
“I’m 100 per cent natural, I speak out against all banned substances and steroids. At the moment steroids are rampant,” he said.
“They’re even rampant among young fellas who just want to go to the gym and look big. It’s crazy. When competing I don’t drink energy drinks and I don’t drink protein, I only drink water.”

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