The county’s GAA stock received a welcome tonic this week as TV bosses selected Newtowncashel GFC to take part in this season’s long-awaited return of ‘Celebrity Bainisteoir.’
Club Chairman, Mick Casey could hardly hide his delight when reflecting on the news on Monday morning.
“We were only asked last week if we were interested and we said we were and they (programme makers) came down on Wednesday,” revealed Mr Casey.
Clearly struck by the speed of the decision, the south Longford clubman said the spectacle presented an ideal opportunity to bring Newtowncashel’s many benefits in front of a national audience.
That, combined with the progamme’s more universal GAA appeal, could have far-reaching advantages for gaelic games locally, he said.
“It’s (Celebrity Bainisteoir) more of a parish event than a football one, but it will create greater interest in the GAA,” he added.
Targeting intermediate ranked clubs, over half a dozen counties are expected to take part in what will be the RTE show’s fifth series.
Last year, ex-Ireland soccer star Tony Cascarino led Co Laois outfit, Killeshin to emerge victorious against former Green Party TD Paul Gogarty’s Seamus O’Maille GFC from Co Galway.
As viewers get set for its return later this year, all the talk around Cashel this week has been directed at which celebrity might be chosen to lead the 2009 Intermediate kingpins.
“It’s a complete secret,” conceded Mr Casey. “It won’t be announced until July 1 so at this stage we haven’t got a clue.”
Whoever RTE bosses decide, you get the impression this is one parish very much intent on making its mark on the ‘Celebrity Bainisteoir’ circuit over the coming months.