North Longford’s Emmett Masterson made his debut TV appearance on Channel 4’s Countdown quiz show last week. The 23 year old who completed his primary degree in History and Irish at St Patrick’s Institute last year came head to head with one of the shows top contestants after he was selected to participate in the programme about a month ago.
The north Longford native who plays with Dromard GAA beat off stiff competition to appear on the popular British quiz show, which has been airing now for the past 29 years.
“I decided a while ago that I would like to participate in the show,” Emmett explained, adding that he was an avid fan of Countdown since he attended national school. “I went over with a few of my friends and was lucky enough to make an appearance on the show. It really was a fantastic experience and I would love to appear on it again at some stage.”
Emmett’s opponent on the show was a serious challengeer, having won his previous seven games and so Emmett was under no illusion going into his TV appearance that that he “was up against it”. “The fellow I was up against had won seven shows, so he was aiming to become an Octochamp,” said Emmett who added that he knew that he had a tough challenge ahead. “Even though I didn’t beat him, I really enjoyed the experience and had a great time. My opponent made it through to the semi finals of the show.” Emmett who hails from Firmullagh, Moyne is the son of Michael and Bernadette and is planning on returning to college later this year.
Above: Emmett pictured in the
famous Countdown studios.