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 Bainisteoirs manage the following clubs:
The quarter final matches see the following ties:
Calum Best V Paddy Doherty
Mary Byrne V Richie Hayes
Brian Ormond V Pippa O'Connor
Jessica Lawlor V Roz Purcell
Celebrity Bainisteoir broadcasts on RTÉ One on Sundays at 6.30pm.
Celebrity Bainisteoir is produced for RTÉ by Animo Television/Kite Entertainment.