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Irish Mirror
Marita Moloney

RTE Operation Transformation viewers left in tears over 'inspirational' leaders after emotional finale

The leaders of this season's Operation Transformation were hailed as the "best yet" after an emotional finale on Wednesday night.

Viewers of the RTE series were left "bawling" as the five leaders strutted their stuff on the catwalk to reveal their end results.

This year’s group were made up of John Ryan, Kathleen Hurley Mullins, Sarah O’Connor Ryan, Stefano Sweetman and Katie Jones.

The episode kicked off with the long-anticipated final 5k run in the capital’s Phoenix Park on Saturday, followed by the leaders then turning their attention to the catwalk where they had their final check-ins.

People at home hailed the "amazing bunch" of people as well as the "brilliant" programme for "showing the nation that it's more than about weight loss".

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Taking to social media, one person said: "Quite possibly the best leaders yet. They all did you proud by addressing other issues alongside just weight loss.

"Not a dry eye in the house here tonight. Congrats to Katie, Stephano, Kathleen & Sarah. Loved every moment of you all on #OperationTransformation."

A second wrote: "Bawling. Such an amazing bunch of people."

A third said: "What an absolute emotional final #OperationTransformation tonight. All the leaders such an inspiration."

While a fourth said: "What an inspirational five people on #OperationTransformation tonight. Congrats to every one of you. You showed the nation that it's more than about weight loss, It's about physical & mental well-being and happiness. I'm so happy for all of you."

Another viewer commented: "Great Leaders: Katie, John Stefano, Sarah, Kathleen - Truly Inspirational."

While someone else said: "Well done everybody, brilliant programme with inspiring leaders and you all looked amazing on the show tonight…inside and outside. Keep up the good work and the journey that you are on."

One person chimed in: "Well done to all the crew on #OperationTransformation for another incredible series. Here's to people continuing to change their lifestyles because of this incredible programme!"

A second said: "Anyone who has anything negative to say about #OperationTransformation just needs to look at the finale tonight. Brilliant show, getting people back on track! Hopefully they'll all keep it going now."

Another wrote: "Quoted in Operation Transformation tonight 'Leadership is about bringing people with you' - very accurate and true in all walks of life."

While someone else added: "#OperationTransformation. An emotional run Well done to all the participants ..from the show and their families and followers. You inspire."

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