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Pa O’Dwyer

Date of birth 25/07/1985 Country IRE Height 1.88m (6ft 2in) Weight 138kg (304lbs)
About Pa O’Dwyer

Life

“The Limerick Lion”, Pa O’Dwyer, is a five-time Ireland’s Strongest Man winner and World’s Strongest Man competitor. The 6-foot, 2-inch (1.88m), 140kg (308lb) former UK’s Strongest Man winner is a regular on the Giants Live circuit and has entertained crowds with his tremendous lifting ability as well as his uncanny impersonation of the legendary 3-time WSM winner, Bill Kazmaier.

The young O’Dwyer grew up working on a farm in Rathkeale, a town in south-west Ireland. Through his early twenties he worked on the roads, before turning to weight training and building the impressive strength that has established him as one of the best strongmen in Europe.

Career

Pa had never been involved in organised sports, outside of school, but through a colleague he gained his first experience of weight-training – a moment that flicked a switch inside him. Pa was 21, and from there he quickly added muscle to his frame, and considerable strength too; quickly establishing himself as Ireland’s premier strongman.

Pa’s first success came at UK’s Strongest Man, where he placed 3rd in 2017. The following year he won the contest, in St Albans, defeating England’s Phil Roberts and 2016 Europe’s Strongest Man, Laurence Shahlaei.

The following year O’Dwyer made an international appearance at the Arnold Pro Strongman World Series event in Africa. Although he was well down the order, he returned in 2020 to place 6th at both Europe’s Strongest Man, in Boroughbridge, and Britain’s Strongest Man, held in Sheffield.

That same year he successfully qualified for the World’s Strongest Man contest held in Bradenton, Florida. Pa finished 4th in his heat, behind Americans Jerry Pritchett, Robert Oberst and England’s Luke Richardson.

Pa’s progress continued in 2021, where he improved to 5th at both Europe’s and Britain’s Strongest Man. He also made appearances at the Giants Live Strongman Classic and Arnold UK, where he finished 8th and 9th respectively. Despite the relatively modest placings, O’Dwyer’s confidence was growing, and he was gaining valuable experience at the highest level.

At the 2022 Britain’s Strongest Man, O’Dwyer underlined his ability with a long-awaited podium finish. His second-place finish was well-received by the large arena crowds that have greatly enjoyed Pa’s good humour and showmanship.

Best Title

In addition to his five Irish titles, Pa was victorious in the 2018 UK’s Strongest Man contest. However, his 2nd place finish as the 2022 Britain’s Strongest Man, in Sheffield, is arguably the greatest achievement in his career to date and doubtlessly his most significant breakthrough. Pa finished runner-up to the 2021 World’s Strongest Man, Tom Stoltman, and was able to stay ahead of the 2020 British Champion, Adam Bishop.

Competition Results

  • 5 x Ireland’s Strongest Man
  • Europe’s Strongest Man: 2022 – 10th place, 2021 – 5th place, 2020 – 6th place
  • Britain’s Strongest Man:
    • Runner-up: 2022
    • 2021 – 5th place, 2020 – 6th place, 2017 – 11th place
  • World’s Strongest Man: 2020 – qualified (4th in heat)
  • Arnold Pro Strongman World Series: Africa 2019 – 13th
  • UK’s Strongest Man: Winner 2018, 3rd place 2019 & 2018

Best Lifts

Competition Lifts

  • 18” Deadlift: 425kg/937lb
  • Log lift: 180kg/397lb
  • Axle press: 170kg/375lb
  • 200kg/440lb shield walk: 62.15m

Training lifts

  • Deadlift: 420kg/926lb
  • Axle deadlift: 400kg/881lb
  • Behind neck push press: 220kg/485lb
  • 300kg/660lb deadlift for 13 repetitions

Present Day

Pa’s focus is to become the first Irishman to qualify for the World’s Strongest Man finals; a feat he aims to achieve at the 2022 contest in Sacramento, California, in May. Pa’s 2nd place finish at the 2022 Britain’s Strongest Man has shown that he is capable of beating WSM finalists such as Adam Bishop and Luke Stoltman. This will hopefully serve to boost the Limerick man’s confidence going into future contests.

Media

Pa has provided much entertainment for strongman fans both on social media and television through not just his athletic prowess; O’Dwyer is a natural entertainer and has provided much amusement in his interviews and within his social media content.

As well as watching him perform at World’s Strongest Man and Giants Live Arena Tour, on Channel 5, fans can stay in touch with Pa via his Instagram account: @paodwyer_ , on Facebook as Pa O’Dwyer and on YouTube where he has his own channel.

Videos of Pa O’Dwyer

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Is he the funniest Strongman ever?😂

Is he the funniest Strongman ever?😂
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155kg/340lbs Axle Press for REPS!

155kg/340lbs Axle Press for REPS!
8:06

Final STONES SHOWDOWN! Britain’s Strongest Man 2022

Final STONES SHOWDOWN! Britain’s Strongest Man 2022
8:37

New GIANT Castle Stone causes upset!

New GIANT Castle Stone causes upset!
6:34

WOW! 2 World Records in 1 Event!

WOW! 2 World Records in 1 Event!
19:28

BEHIND THE SCENES: Events training with Britain’s Strongest Men!

BEHIND THE SCENES: Events training with Britain’s Strongest Men!
5:49

WORLD RECORD | Estonian Giant 360kg Axle Deadlift for 9 Reps!

WORLD RECORD | Estonian Giant 360kg Axle Deadlift for 9 Reps!
20:50

NEW BRITISH RECORD! Hixxy Vs Page at the 2020 World Log Championships

NEW BRITISH RECORD! Hixxy Vs Page at the 2020 World Log Championships
7:21

Can ANYONE beat 8 reps!? Deadlift MONSTERS attempt 350kg Axle

Can ANYONE beat 8 reps!? Deadlift MONSTERS attempt 350kg Axle
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HIXXY’S Stones FINALE at Europe’s Strongest Man!

HIXXY’S Stones FINALE at Europe’s Strongest Man!
3:22

STOLTMAN teaches Strongmen SCOTTISH! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

STOLTMAN teaches Strongmen SCOTTISH! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
4:33

GIANT SPRINTS with 200kg Shields

GIANT SPRINTS with 200kg Shields
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1000lbs CAR CARRY | Welsh Strongman COLAPSES! 😲

1000lbs CAR CARRY | Welsh Strongman COLAPSES! 😲
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Axle Deadlift RECORD at Europe’s Strongest Man 2021

Axle Deadlift RECORD at Europe’s Strongest Man 2021
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Is 505KG Possible? – The GIANTS Answer!

Is 505KG Possible? – The GIANTS Answer!
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