Killeshin GAA club capped off a remarkable year last Friday night as they saw off Galway side Oughterard in the final of the RTE series ‘Celebrity Bainisteoir.’
The dramatic finale to the popular TV programme saw the game go to extra time, where Tony Cascarino’s men held their nerve to claim a three point victory, 0-18 to 0-15. The win sparked scenes of wild celebration for all concerned, as it caps of a remarkable year which has also seen the club win two league titles and the Laois intermediate championship.
The game had been a closely fought affair throughout as neither side could wrestle control of the game from the other. With time almost up a superb long-range free from substitute Shane Lowry, a doubt before the game with a hamstring injury, looked to have swung the game in Killeshin’s favour.
However, a late point from Oughterard brought the game to extra time, where Killeshin outscored the Galway men by six point to three to put the seal on the most dramatic end to the series the show’s producers could have hoped for.
Speaking afterwards, club chairman Mark O’Regan admitted the club had enjoyed it’s unprecedented success now that the year has finally come to an end. “We celebrated a fair amount over the last three nights, and it’s something that will live long with everyone involved.”
Killeshin had beaten Tipperary’s Ballyporeen in the quarter-final before seeing off St Patrick’s of Sligo in the semi-finals.
For full match report and reaction, see this week’s Leinster Express (November 9)