Limerick men line up for ‘The Apprentice’

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

TWO contestants with Limerick connections will be battling it out to become Bill Cullen’s next ‘Apprentice’ in the hit TV3 series, which returns to our screens tonight.

TWO contestants with Limerick connections will be battling it out to become Bill Cullen’s next ‘Apprentice’ in the hit TV3 series, which returns to our screens tonight.

In the fourth series, 16 contestants are each seeking to gain Bill Cullen as a business partner and a €200,000 package.

Among them will be Maurice O’Callaghan, 32, who is guest relations manager in the Savoy Hotel in the city, and Chris Harold, a native of Limerick, now working as a marketing manager in Clare.

The first programme promises to be “explosive” and the pair, who will undergo a gruelling 12 weeks of tasks, have already put their money where their mouths are.

“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,” said Mr Harold.

The 28 year-old, who holds a BA in business and marketing, is working with CADPO Solutions in Ennis.

His competitor, Mr O’Callaghan, a former barman, also has plenty of fighting talk, set to impress Bill Cullen, Jackie Lavin and Brian Purcell, in the hope that he’ll hear the words “You’re hired” and not “You’re fired”. “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.

‘The Apprentice’ can be seen on TV3 at 9 o’clock tonight