Limerick hotel manager is no Apprentice

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

HE LIKES it shaken not stirred, and this Limerick hotel manager is set to shake up the next Irish series of Bill Cullen’s ‘The Apprentice’.

HE LIKES it shaken not stirred, and this Limerick hotel manager is set to shake up the next Irish series of Bill Cullen’s ‘The Apprentice’.

Maurice O’Callaghan, 32, who is guest relations manager in the Savoy Hotel in the city and a former bar manager, has been selected as one of the final 16 contestants to take part in the fourth series of the hit TV3 show.

He will undergo a gruelling 12 weeks to see if he has what it takes to become Bill Cullen’s Ap prentice, which returns to our screens on Monday, October 3.

Chris Harold, a native of Limerick, now working as a marketing manager in Clare, is also putting his money where his mouth is. “I don’t think there’s any excuse for people not giving 100 per cent. You’re in a job for a reason. I have no tolerance for slacking,” he said. The 28 year-old, who holds a BA in business and marketing, is working with CADPO Solutions in Ennis.

His competitor, Mr O’Callaghan, also has plenty of fighting talk. “I’m relentless and determined so if I see a dead end, I’ll always find another opportunity,” he said.

In the future he would like to own a group of successful restaurants and then retire. “Stories of struggle and success are the ones that really motivate me,” he said.

He is presently completing a Masters in international management and global business in the University of Limerick, and also holds an honours degree in business and marketing. He started out in his father’s restaurant in Castlegregory, county Kerry, and has since worked in many five-star hotels, bars and restaurants.

The winner will gain Bill Cullen as a business partner with a 50 per cent interest and w€100,000 cash alongside a start up package worth an additional €100,000. ‘The Apprentice’ will run from October 3 to December 19 every Monday at 9pm.