PRODUCERS of RTE'S Celebrity Bainisteoir are hoping that feisty female participants Nuala Carey and Mairead Farrell's teams will not end up clashing on the pitch next month -- for fear of a showdown in front of the cameras.
The Herald can reveal how tensions are rising behind the scenes of the GAA reality show after RTE weather presenter Nuala missed out on an opportunity to work with a team from her home county of Dublin to Today FM star Mairead.
Southside beauty Nuala, who hails from Monkstown, is now set to manage a team from Shannonbridge in Co Offaly, while Mairead, from Finglas, will train Ballymun Kickhams.
An insider explained how the TV personalities have started off on a less than positive footing as a result.
"Nuala was under the impression that she would be working with a team from Dublin when she was first approached about doing the show and was miffed," said the source. "And while the possibility of having a team from North and South of the Liffey was considered, producers decided against it.
"As Mairead had already begun training her team and is fitting in filming around her job on Today FM's Ray D'Arcy show it made more sense for her to take the team in Dublin.
"Everyone was praying they wouldn't get drawn against each other in the first round as they are both very competitive and determined characters and won't give up easily.
"There could definitely be drama if they are forced to go head to head," they added.
The draw, which led to Nuala's team Shannonbridge being pitted against Crystal Swing star Derek Burke's Castleisland Desmonds GAA took place earlier this summer and was carried out by GAA President Christy Cooney.
The two teams are due to face off on August 29, while Mairead's team Ballymum Kickhams have already qualified for the next round after beating Peter Kelly aka Franc's team from Fermoy.
Lotto presenter Nuala, insists that she has no qualms about facing off against Mairead if they both make it into the semi-finals: "I actually don't know Mairead at all. I've never met her so I don't know what she's like. I mean we could come across each other down the line depending on how we both get on with our teams but not necessarily."