This year, Topaz is to back a GAA club, Cuala, for the RTE hit show Celebrity Bainisteoir. Cuala GAA Club, based in Dalkey in Dublin will take part in this years’ competition, under the guidance of radio presenter and rugby pundit, George Hook.
The show gives eight Irish celebrities the challenge of successfully managing an intermediate gaelic football team from their home county in an official GAA tournament.
Bainisteoir Hook said; “I am delighted to be involved with Cuala. The welcome I received at the club was unbelievable. If we could bottle that kind of enthusiasm we’d be onto a bestseller.”
And what about the team? “They are a great bunch of young men and we are determined to give it our best shot in this tournament. We’re not in this for the bright lights. We’re in it to win’.
Hook, who will be guided by former Dublin great Paddy Cullen, claimed that gaelic and rugby have a lot in common. “Look at the likes of rugby players like Robert Kearney, Niall Ronan, Shane Horgan and many others who all played gaelic. It’s going to be a real learning experience on both sides.”
Frank Gleeson, retail Director of Topaz said the company was delighted to support Cuala and the local community in Dalkey. “The GAA is all about community spirit. This is a fantastic opportunity for Cuala to showcase their skills to the country, and we’re confident George and the boys can go all the way!”
Cuala GAA Club dates back to the 1920s, and these days accommodates over forty-five gaelic football, hurling, camogie and ladies football teams. Players of all ages are provided for and the club has achieved a number of successes, including three Dublin Senior Hurling Championships.
The new series of Celebrity Bainisteoir begins on RTE 1 in the coming months. Cuala’s first match will be at home against Dromahair, from Co. Leitrim, who’s Bainisteoir is comedienne Catherine Lynch.
Eleanor Newman, MKC Communications
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