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Fame beckons for St Patrick’s GAA

posted 14 Jun 2012, 06:42 by PRO St Pats,Tullow,Carlow
By: Clare Minnock

GAA in Tullow might have taken a back seat to rugby, thanks to the meteoric rise of Seán O’Brien, but not anymore.

St Patrick’s GAA club has been confirmed as one of the contenders in the latest Celebrity Bainisteoir series on RTÉ.

The Tullow club got the call on Friday, and PRO Tadhg Madden admits it was quite the shock.

“I still can’t believe it. We don’t really know a lot yet but the buzz about the place is unreal. Everyone is delighted. It’s going to be a massive revival for the club,” added Tadhg.

The intermediate footballers will hit our small screens in September, with the big ‘reveal’ of their bainisteoir causing great speculation around the town.

Carlow’s celebrity circle is being touted as a potential hub for talent, with the likes of Seán O’Brien, Kathryn Thomas and even Saoirse Ronan among those who, we hope, could link up with the Tullow boys.

“We’ve no inkling at all on the celebrity. Hopefully, it’ll be someone good. We’ve no idea ‘til the day of the reveal, which is Saturday 30 June … they’re not telling us much,” laughed Tadhg.

The show, which will follow the club as they battle it out against seven other clubs for the CB title, has already given the club a great boost.

“We have massive numbers in training every night now. This will give us a great chance to raise our profile. It’s our time now – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. There’s great enthusiasm and we’re going to make the most of it,” added Tadhg.

“The fun starts here.”

Tullow’s first game is on Sunday 12 August.