Over 75 but fitter than half their age – Meet the Irish quartet dreaming of becoming rulers of the world

Catch ’em at the start line – skin crinkles, limbs creak, arms and legs are the jittery, jagged product of longtime athleticism, none of them as fast as they once were , but all defy the ravages of time.

They’re north of 75 now, but their lean physique could easily be the envy of men who are half their age. They are John MacDermott, Hugh McSweeney, Gerry O’Reilly and Michael Kiely, and they are set to represent Ireland at the World Masters Championships.

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