Eight celebrities, eight GAA club teams, one prize
Celebrity Bainisteoir takes eight Irish non-sporting personalities and throws them in at the deep end as they manage an intermediate club football team from their home county in an official GAA tournament.
The 2009 Celebrity Bainisteoir mentor line-up sees Ray D’Arcy in Kildare mentored by Kerry legend Jack O’Shea. In Down Derek Davis is advised by former Down manager Pete McGrath. Dublin legend Paddy Cullen mentors George Hook. All-Star Mickey Quinn advises Katherine Lynch in Leitrim. Kerry legend Eoin “Bomber” Liston mentors John McGuire in Kerry. Former Limerick and Laois manager Liam Kearns counsels Emma O’Driscoll in Limerick. All-Star Declan Browne mentors Andrea Roche in Tipperary. And All-Star Tony McManus guides John Waters in Roscommon.
The tournament is officially sanctioned by the GAA and will consist of four quarter-finals, two semi-finals and the final, which is to be played on May 8th at Parnell Park in Dublin.
The clubs know that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play for parish and county in a national competition and are determined that they will not be found wanting. The Celebrity Bainisteoir 2009 teams are: Rathangan GAA, Co Kildare (Ray D’Arcy); Glasdrumman GAA, Co Down (Derek Davis); Cuala GAA, Co Dublin (George Hook); St Patrick’s, Dromahair GAA, Co Leitrim (Katherine Lynch); Sneem GAA, Co Kerry (John McGuire); St Patrick’s GAA, Rhebogue, Co Limerick (Emma O’Driscoll); Rockwell Rovers GAA, Co Tipperary (Andrea Roche); St Michael’s GAA, Roscommon (John Waters).
Eddie Doyle, Commissioning Editor, RTÉ TV Entertainment said, “We’re delighted to be bringing viewers a second series of Celebrity Bainisteoir, particularly given how well it was received last year. As the national broadcaster, making distinctively Irish programmes is at the heart of what we do and at the core of this family entertainment programme is the uniquely Irish passion and commitment of grassroots GAA when parish and county pride are at stake. There’s a great line-up of bainisteoirs this year and I’m sure viewers will enjoy the new series”.
Producer Jean Devlin of Animo Television said: “Celebrity Bainisteoir has captured the imagination of the Irish public because it’s a distinctively Irish family entertainment programme. It’s also a unique national showcase for the passion, skill and commitment of grassroots GAA. This year Celebrity Bainisteoir will again be packed with all the action on the field as well as the behind-the-scenes drama as our Bainisteoirí get to grips with GAA club football management and enjoy a unique window into the community-based world of the GAA. The clubs know that this is their chance to shine on a national stage. The Bainisteoirí and their mentors know that the pride of their county is at stake so no one will be holding back on match day!”
Celebrity Bainisteoir broadcasts on RTÉ One on Sundays at 6.30pm.
Celebrity Bainisteoir is produced for RTÉ by Animo Television/Kite Entertainment.