Although rumours were recently quashed that Georgia Salpa would be the Celebrity Bainisteoir in Newtowncashel, further hopes have arisen that Irish beauty Rosanna Davison will take centre field at Cashel’s GAA Club next Sunday (July 22) when the curtain is lifted on the intermediate club’s new bainisteoir for upcoming the RTÉ series.
While Ms Davison’s participation in ‘Celebrity Bainisteoir’ has not been confirmed, one person who will definitely not be making an appearance at this historic occasion in south Longford is local GAA stalwart Martin Skelly.
In his role as Leinster Council Chairman, the Newtowncashel native must attend Sunday’s Leinster GAA Football Senior Championships Final in Croke Park. Although looking forward to seeing Dublin take on Meath (4pm), Mr Skelly told the Leader he was “very disappointed to be missing such a huge day for the parish and the area”.
He continued: “I don’t have any choice. I’m delighted to see the support that the day is getting though. I was driving through the village and it was wonderful to see all the flags and bunting out already.”
Croke Park Stadium Director and fellow Newtowncashel native, Peter McKenna, will also miss this landmark moment in south Longford GAA.
The popular television series has selected Cashel GAA Club as one of eight intermediate GAA clubs throughout the country to participate in its fifth series, which will be aired in the autumn.
“Newtowncashel is a beautiful place and a lot of that is thanks to the community and the Tidy Towns. This will give the outside world a glimpse of that beauty and the community spirit that we have,” said Mr Skelly.
The televised exposure will include four training sessions and the launch day, all of which the Leinster chairman feels will give his home club and parish a “positive profile” nationally.
Asked if he had any idea as to who might be revealed on Sunday, Mr Skelly said: “It’s a very tightly guarded secret. There is great talk all around and I’ve even heard Rosanna Davison. I really don’t know.”
Of the teams selected for the latest series of ‘Celebrity Bainisteoir’, only two have yet to have their celebrities announced. They are Cashel GAA Club and Ballinora GAA Club in Cork. The remaining six clubs have had their bainisteoirs confirmed as follows: Mary Byrne (Tullow, County Carlow), Brian Ormonde (Rochfortbridge, County Westmeath), Pippa O’Connor (Naomh Brid, Trummon, County Donegal), Calum Best (Moy Davitts, Foxford, County Mayo), Paddy Doherty (Scoil Ui Chonaill, County Dublin) and Ritchie Hayes (Tramore, County Waterford).
On Sunday next people across the midlands region are invited to Cashel GAA Club to welcome the ‘Celebrity Bainisteoir’ onto the team.
The day, also known as ‘Reveal Day’, will begin from 11am when the camera crew move into the village where locals will have gathered in anticipation. Activities for all the family have been planned throughout the day.
By 2.30pm the players will be in lockdown and at 3pm the new celebrity will be revealed. Shortly after this, the team will be led by their new bainisteoir out onto the pitch for their first training session together.