Limerick’s Apprentice star reveals pain of father’s illness

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

LIMERICK businessman Maurice O’Callaghan, who reached the final of TV show the Apprentice, has revealed his father Ciaran is dying from cancer.

LIMERICK businessman Maurice O’Callaghan, who reached the final of TV show the Apprentice, has revealed his father Ciaran is dying from cancer.

A former guest relations manager at The Savoy Hotel, Maurice, who hails from Castlegregory, said he learnt of his father’s condition mid-way through his run to the final of the popular TV3 show.

Speaking on Friday’s Limerick Today programme on Live95FM, Maurice said he and his six siblings are “counting the weeks” now.

“Christmas is a great time to spend with family and friends, but it takes a situation where somebody goes through cancer to make you realise what you have. So spending time with those near and dear which I have somewhat neglected over the time is number one for me now,” he said.

Asked how his father - who ran a restaurant in Co Kerry - was doing, Maurice said: “He is not great. Unfortunately , we have reached the stage where we are counting the weeks now. One of the most important things is family, so I am looking forward to doing that [spending some time with him] over the next couple of weeks. We will be looking after him, giving him 24 hour care.”

Maurice reached the final of the Apprentice, finishing behind Eugene Heary, Joanne Sweeney-Bourke and Noel Rowland.

He is now taking part in a degree course at the University of Limerick, as well as exploring further business opportunities after working for six years with the Savoy hotel in Limerick city.