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Galway man makes it to live shows of Countdown

“I always knew the address in my head and that they were always looking for contestants.”

Image: Michael Merrigan

GALWAY MAN LIAM Moloney has always been a huge fan of the show Countdown and now he’s managed to get to the live shows.

He told TheJournal.ie how he remembers racing home from school with his brother to get in the door in time to watch the show.

“Funnily enough he was always the brains of the family but Countdown was something I was good at.”

Moloney said it was always an ambition of his to get on the show. ”I knew the address in my head and that they were always looking for contestants.”

He auditioned twice between 2001 and 2003, going to the Gresham hotel in Dublin on both occasions.

On his third attempt he managed to get through. “I applied in 2014 and I did the audition in January 2015.”

He added that the third audition took place over the phone and that made him feel more relaxed.

However, Moloney said he wasn’t that excited when he found out he got through:

A lot of people would have said it’s a great achievement to get on it but I really didn’t feel like I achieved anything until I went over on the show.

“I brought my best friend Jimmy with me,  I can get flustered but having him there calmed me.”

Moloney made his first appearance on the show on Wednesday, “In my first score I scored the highest in the series.”

He continued his good form and will appear back on Countdown on Monday.

I’m thrilled but I’m also thrilled for everybody else too. I’m just delighted by how much people are enjoying it.

“The buzz has been incredible, pubs in Galway were showing it live and people were telling me that it was like watching a county final.

“The pride, the Galway pride is unreal. I don’t know what my heart is, I never felt it before.”

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