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Tuesday 16 October 2018

Baz' hopes to lead the Billies to glory

RTE travel presenter Bazil Ashmawy faced plenty of challenges on his backpacker trip through Australia on the cult hit programme How Low Can You Go?', but the actor has a unique challenge on his hands in guiding a Wicklow GAA club to on-field glory.Ashmawy, or Baz' to his mates, will take control of the footballers from Ballymanus GAA club, near Aughrim, for a new RTE TV show t

RTE travel presenter Bazil Ashmawy faced plenty of challenges on his backpacker trip through Australia on the cult hit programme How Low Can You Go?', but the actor has a unique challenge on his hands in guiding a Wicklow GAA club to on-field glory.

Ashmawy, or Baz' to his mates, will take control of the footballers from Ballymanus GAA club, near Aughrim, for a new RTE TV show to air in March called Celebrity Bainisteoir.

Ballymanus is one of eight intermediate teams around the country selected for the series. The similarly matched teams will play each other in March for a ?10,000 prize.

Baz, whose mum is from Ballycoogue, Avoca, was born in Libya, has a Egyptian dad and is an accomplished stage actor and comedian.

He and the RTE film crew visited Ballymanus on Sunday for the first of about eight filming sessions with the players.

While Baz is certainly the main man, he will be assisted by Wicklow football legend Kevin O'Brien.

Club secretary Padraig Healy said the club was delighted to be involved in the program.

It's great for the club and there was great interest on Sunday. It's something different and a bit of fun but with ?10,000 up for grabs it will be taken seriously.'

Other celebrity bainisteoirs in the program are rumoured to include author Nell McCafferty, model Glenda Gilson and an as-yet-unnamed sitting TD.

Ballymanus will face Westmeath team Maryland in the quarter final of the competition in March.

Rob Stilling



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