Everyone's favourite celebrity GAA reality series returns to RTÉ One Television this September and this time things are a little bit harder for our celebrities. There is a whole lot more at stake this year as we introduce Celebrity Bainisteoir – The Rivals which sees each celebrity paired against a rival celebrity from their own world. It's X-factor versus The Voice as singer Mary Byrne takes on Richie Hayes; the battle of UK reality TV as celebrity traveller and celebrity Big Brother winner Paddy Doherty takes on celebrity everything Calum Best; the battle of the babes as WAG Jessica Lawlor goes head to head with model Roz Purcell and it's a Mr and Mrs Celebrity Death Match as married couple Brian Ormond and Pippa O'Connor go to war on the football pitch
And here's the twist, our losing bainisteoir then has to become the winning bainisteoir's assistant as they progress to the semi-finals. Charged with cleaning the teams boots, taking an extra training session or whatever task the winning bainisteoir chooses for their new assistant, gentle humiliation will be the order of the day as the slagging rights on this one are all to play for.
And that's not all, this year we're also putting the battle for home advantage clearly on the shoulders of our hero celebrities, where it'll be entirely up to each of them to win this all important honour for their club through a series of unique celeb vs celeb challenges.
This year sees Celebrity Bainisteoirí manage the following clubs:
Paddy Doherty - Scoil Ui Chonaill GAA Club, Clontarf, Dublin
Calum Best - Moy Davitts GAA Club, Foxford, Mayo
Mary Byrne - St. Patrick's GAA Club,Tullow, Carlow
Richie Hayes - Tramore GAA Club, Waterford
Jessica Lawlor - Ballinora GAA Club, Cork
Roz Purcell - Newtown Cashel, Longford
Pippa O'Connor - Naomh Brid GAA Club, Donegal
Brian Ormond - St Mary's GAA Club, Rochfordbridge, Westmeath
This year also sees the return of Celebrity Bainisteoir alumni Mairead Farrell who will be taking on the presenting duties and getting right in under the skin of our stars on their various journeys through joy, despair and, for one of them, ultimate glory.
As before our all proceedings will be done under the watchful eyes of our regular mentors, GAA legends Ciaran Whelan and Liam Kearns.Back to Entertainment New Season Highlights Back to RTÉ One Highlights