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I'm not a true Blue, insists Nuala as Bainisteoir battle heats up

RTE star Nuala Carey is relieved she didn't land a Dublin team for the upcoming series of Celebrity Bainisteoir as she is not a "true Dub".

The weather presenter, who hails from Monkstown in south Dublin, is managing a team from Shannonbridge in Co Offaly, and not a team from south of the Liffey.

But she doesn't appear to mind. "My parents are from Cork and Mayo so I am very aware that I am not a true Dub so it wouldn't have been right for me to get a Dublin team," she said.

Nuala's team Shannon-bridge have being pitted against Crystal Swing star Derek Burke's Kerry team, Castleisland Desmonds, and the two teams are due to face off on August 29, less than two weeks away.

"I never wanted to be in talks about a Dublin team and the reason RTE had picked Offaly is because it is half way between the two and in terms of travel time for work, Offaly is the nearest to me but still in the heart of the country," she said.

The Lotto presenter has already met her team.

"I am just in the middle of training with them and so far so good training wise. Like any banisteoir it's match day that counts but I'm very happy how we are getting on. They are very dedicated but it won't be easy to beat Kerry I know that. I want to win our first game and that's what we are working towards but who knows what will happen on the day," she said.

Nerves will be at Nuala the night before and the suspense of whether they will shine on the day is killing her. "I would love to even play our match tomorrow as the suspense is killing me. I haven't seen any team play so I wouldn't be more nervous of one team more than another.

"It will be a tough match whoever we meet and none will be easily won," she said.

The bubbly brunette who insists her roots are firmly from the country has no qualms about facing Mairead Farrell if they both make it to the final despite animosity having already being reported over who landed what team.

"If I was heading in the direction of the final of course I could end up playing Mairead but I did only meet her for the first time last week and she's lovely and we got on great," she said.