It was a case of so near and yet so far for Mullahoran’s Aisling Smith on Monday evening as she became the first casualty of TV3’s ‘The Apprentice’.
The 26-year-old former Longford Rose contestant received her marching orders from Renault boss Bill Cullen after the former Cnoc Mhuire student adopted the role of project manager for the self dubbed ‘Team Spirit’.
Given the task of selling sandwiches on the streets of Dublin, Team Spirit returned with a modest €19 profit, some way short of the e266 profit made by the opposing ‘Team Zest’.
Faced with the prospect of elimination, Aisling returned to the boardroom accomponied by Chris Harold, 27, a market manager and the show’s youngest contestant, 20-year-old Conor Browne.
“I don’t think my opinion is held as strongly or as highly as the others because at the end of the day I am the youngest candidate ever on ‘The Apprentice’,” said a disgruntled looking Conor.
That outburst received little by way of sympathy from Mr Cullen, who snapped: “Don’t play that card with me.”
As it turned out, it was Aisling and not Conor who was given their marching orders. It means the sporting enthusiast who has spent some time living overseas in Australia and worked at the World Expo in China will now likely have to content herself with an early return to her sales and marketing responsibilities.