Killeshin GAA club will enjoy home advantage in the first round of the Celebrity Bainisteoir series after they won a swimming challenge on Monday against opponents Ballyporeen.
Four of the panel, Stephen Attride, Ronan Phelan, Jeff McDermott and Eoin Farrell, along with substitute Eamon Bolton, all headed for the National Aquatic Centre for the challenge, where they each had to swim one 50m length of the pool in a race against four members of the Ballyporeen club.
Killeshin dominated from the start, and by the time Ballyporeen had started their last lap, Killeshin had finished and were already looking forward to home advantage.
The five swimmers then returned to Killeshin on Monday night to break the news to their team mates, prompting huge celebrations amongst the squad before their took to the field for their second training session under the tutelage of their celebrity manager, Tony Cascarino.
Cascarino was due to return to Killeshin last night (Tuesday) for another training session with former Dublin footballer Ciaran Whelan offering assistance, while it is expected that the game with Ballyporeen will take place some time in August, possible on the 13th.
If that wasn’t all exciting enough for all involved with the club, they are also hoping to organise a Poker Night some time in August with Cascarino, who enjoys a big profile in the game having won the 2009 UK Open Tour Grand Final, claiming in excess of E200,000 for the first prize.
Details of any potential fundraiser have yet to be revealed.
Killeshin will soon have to take a break from all the hysteria currently surrounding them however, as they return to the more serious business of the local club scene at the weekend. They will be hoping to bring some of the feel-good factor from recent events into their ACFL Division 3 final with Park-Ratheniska, whom them meet in Kellyville at 7.30pm.