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'Blind date' with TV farmers is great laugh for Maura and Sile

Galway girls Sile Seoige and Maura Derrane joined forces over the weekend for the latest instalment of TG4's Feirm Factor.

But far from donning any wellies and getting stuck into some agricultural chores, Sile was seen last night helping Maura with a tasty food challenge as one of the guest judges.

And presenter Maura revealed how her fellow gaeilgeoir left a lasting impression on the 10 remaining farmers battling it out for the top prize of a Land Rover Discovery 4.

"We blindfolded all the farmers for the challenge and they had to guess what kind of food we were giving them," she told the Diary.

"It was really funny, loads of them didn't know the different types of meat or vegetables, even though they worked with them every day. It was a really funny and interesting tasks to do and Sile got on great. She's very funny and has a dry sense of humour and the farmers all loved her of course, which helped. We were joking away the whole time."


Now in its third season, the quirky reality show has been garnering respectable ratings among viewers, pulling in more than 80,000 viewers for its repeat show on Wednesday night alone.

Last year, Good Company Productions even sold on the franchise to a Welsh company, which is set to make its own version of the show this year.

They're now in the running for an IFTA in the Best Entertainment category, with Maura keeping her fingers crossed that they'll scoop an accolade.

"I was so happy we were even nominated," she said. "For a minority-type show to be recognised in this way is so good for us and shows that people obviously like it.

"I'm just looking for a dress to wear to the awards now."

However, the presenter of RTE's 4 Live revealed how she will be leaving her strapping hubbie, John Deasy, at home on February 12.

The Fine Gael TD for Waterford will be hitting the campaign trail with a vengeance over the coming weeks as he fights to keep his seat.

And this time around, Maura will be leaving the politics solely in her partner's domain.

"His campaign is kicking off now and while I support him 100pc, I won't be going on hustings with him -- not this time."