Rásaí na Gaillimhe 2, the second series of TG4’s riotously entertaining fast-moving comedy drama set around events on and off the course during the most hedonistic week of the summer – Race Week in Galway, returns to TV screens tonight.

That rich backdrop of Ireland’s most famous and successful race festival is once again the perfect setting for an unfolding seven-part drama of dodgy schemes, misplaced dreams, wanton excesses and outright indulgence. The inaugural drama series was an IFTA award recipient and this new series promises to be a winner for the punters too.

The plot updates us on the shenanigans of former high-flying Government Minister Ultan Keane (Don Wycherley), now down on his luck and fighting for his political life. He will have to resort to drastic and extreme measures to ensure his survival, aided and abetted by his shrewd side-kick, Creed (Tom Ó Súilleabháin). Enter the newly- released convicts, the de Barra brothers and life is sure to be complicated for Siobhán (Carrie Crowley), the Garda officer trying to battle crime and anti-social behaviour in the City of the Tribes as thousands gather for the racing and ructions. A stag party and an emergency-room doctor add spice to an already volatile mix as rogues, rascals and the righteous all try to survive a tumultuous and traumatic week that will alter their lives forever.

Instantly accessible to new viewers while building on an established audience, Rásaí na Gaillimhe 2 is part thriller, part romp and entirely enjoyable and has a wonderful cast Don Wycherley, Tomás Ó Súilleabháin, Carrie Crowley, Sorcha Ní Chéide, Donncha Crowley, Owen Roe, Éamonn Hunt, Marcus Lamb, Páraic Breathnach, Bob Quinn, Neasa Ní Chuanaigh, Paddy C Courtney, Barry McGovern, Liz Quinn, Aoife Nic Ardghail, Fred McCloskey, Róisín Ní Chualáin and Bríd Ní Neachtain.

The series is written by James Phelan and directed by Robert Quinn, by Niamh Fagan and Great Western Films with funding from TG4, the BAI Sound and Vision scheme and the supports for the audi-visual sector in place under Section 481.

The new series airs on TG4 on Wednesdays @ 9.30pm from 8 February


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