Cárthach Bán Breathnach

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Cárthach 'Demba Ba' Bán Breathnach
Born (1989-10-06) 6 October 1989 (age 28)
Nationality Irish
Other names

Sassy King DJ Bán

The grandfather
Education MA, NUI Maynooth
Occupation Actor/DJ

Telegael Peak fitness

Paddy power
Known for

Acting Hurling Tipster

Height 165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 25 kg (55 lb)
Partner(s) D
Parent(s) Seán Bán Breathnach
Relatives Léan Bán Breathnach, Brighid Breathnach, Katie Bán Breathnach

Cárthach Bán Breathnach is an Irish actor and DJ most noted for his role as Jimin Ó Griofa in the hit TG4 series Aifric, which was broadcast until the late 2000s. More recently, Bán Breathnach appeared as Aodhan in the Irish language soap Ros na Rún.

Bán Breathnach comes from Indreabhán in the Connemara Gaeltacht and is the son of radio broadcaster Seán Bán Breathnach. He is the twin brother of Léan Bán Breathnach, another actor, who also featured in both Aifric and Ros na Rún.

Cárthach Bán Breathnach began filming on new Disney show Grove High in 2011.


Bán Breathnach has received wide critical acclaim for his performances as Jimín Ó Gríofa in the Irish language series, Aifric. The first series of Afric was screened in 2006 and it is now into its third series.

Ros na Rún[edit]

Cárthach played the role of Aodhán, a secondary school student posing as a doctor. The storyline, which was mildly controversial, was a ratings booster for the show.

DJ Bán[edit]

Bán Breathnach has worked as a DJ in the west of Ireland since 2007. He has appeared on local radio station i102-104.


Breathnach is an avid Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) enthusiast and is hugely involved in his local GAA club, Mícheál Breathnach. He manages the adult ladies football side, with some success, winning the West Board Championship title in July 2011 and as reaching the County Championship final.

At University, he was heavily involved with NUI Maynooth GAA and was the manager of their freshers hurling team in 2011, taking the team to the All-Ireland final. He was the recipient of a hurling scholarship from the college and was also a member of their highly successful Sigerson Cup football team.


Cárthach played soccer with Connemara Celtic in his youth and was over in England on trial with both Wrexham and Norwich. A freak tear of his cruciate ligament at such a young age hampered his progress and after recovering from this he opted to stick to hurling. He is a season ticket holder of Newcastle United and attends the majority of their home fixtures, provided the games don't clash with his managerial or hurling commitments. He has been quoted as saying Demba Ba is his favourite player and was heartbroken to see him leave Newcastle. It is impossible however to decipher whether this falls under the "five lies a day" clause.

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