Sport on TV: Cries of FOUL PLAY from Cian Healy, Marty Morrissey and Kenneth Egan

Foul Play is a new hidden camera prank show on RTÉ TWO that sets out to see if some of our best known sporting stars really are good sports!  And the verdict ?

See for yourself on  Monday December  9th at 10pm  on RTÉ TWO when Skerries and ‘Republic of Telly’  trio Colm Reid, Eoin Ronayne and Rob O’Hanrahan aim to add fun and not a little mischief and help liven up the proceedings.

Foul Play is presented by Aidan Power and features Kenneth Egan being spoofed in a fake television show presented by Ryan Tubridy, Cian Healy being rused in a restaurant by his girlfriend BINTM contestant Holly Carpenter, football manager Roddy Collins hoaxing the members of his own team, then  Athlone Town and RTÉ Gaelic Games Correspondent Marty Morrissey being pranked in Croke Park!

Interviewing heavyweight Ryan Tubridy pits himself against Light Heavyweight boxing champion Kenneth Egan. Kenneth assumes he is being interviewed for a new sports profiles television show by ‘Ireland’s best known TV presenter’. But all is not what it seems. Enter the Foul Play team!

Holly Carpenter, model and Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model contestant, takes her Leinster and Ireland rugby playing boyfriend Cian Healy out for dinner.  When the waiters start serving up more attitude than food, the kitchen suddenly is not the hottest place in the restaurant!

RTÉ Gaelic Games Correspondent Marty Morrissey is used to handling pressurised post match interview situations. When he is faced with a love match gone sour and a very different proposal in Croke Park, will he run for the tunnel?

A football manager should command the respect of his team. But when Roddy Collins decides to bring in some ‘experts’ to help motivate his team, Athlone Town FC, things get a little strange. How far will a footballer go to keep his place on the team?

Our pranksters are aided and abetted by comedy trio ‘Shifts’ who know just the right buttons to press on our unsuspecting victims. The boys, Eoin Ronayne, Colm Reid and Rob O’Hanrahan, have featured in numerous ‘Republic of Telly’ sketches to date and are ones to watch out for in the future.

Presenter Aidan Power watches from the wings as these situations unfold and delivers the good or bad news to our sports stars that they have ‘been played!’ 

The Shifts YouTube channel has in excess of 910 subscribers and over 30 sketch videos. Their Facebook page ( ShiftsProductions) has almost 1,500 fans and they’re active on Twitter as well (@11shifts11).

In a newly published interview, Rob O’Hanrahan told ‘Northside People’:

“We started submitting videos and scripts to RTE about two years ago.

“Eoin, Colm and myself were called in to audition for Foul Play having been picked up by the producer from an audition we had done in RTE a couple of months previously.

“All three of us were taken on as actors and writers for the pilot, and we wrote and star in three of the four pranks.”

Don’t miss  FOULPLAY this coming Monday – RTE TWO at 10pm and for a taste of what’s to come check out:


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