Saturday 17 November 2018

Apprentice Brenda wins job thriller

Grainne Cunningham

A WOMAN with "liathroidi" cried tears of joy last night after entrepreneur Bill Cullen crowned her the winner of TV3's 'The Apprentice'.

Brenda Shanahan (32), a bridal shop owner and former gymnast from Kilmallock, Co Limerick, will now start a €100,000-a-year job with the motor mogul in January.

During the final emotionally-charged showdown in the boardroom, Bill told mother-of-one Brenda, "You have the liathroidi" and said that she had impressed the judges every step of the way with her versatility.

Brenda, who won an unprecedented 10 of the 11 tasks contestants had to carry out, faced 26-year-old Nicky O'Callaghan in the final episode broadcast last night.

The two women had to sell phones and were also required to raise money at a charity ball. Brenda raised €19,800 for the Irish Youth Foundation and Nicky raised €18,700 for Temple Street Children's Hospital.

The two finalists raised €80,000 between selling tickets for the ball and the phones.

Bill Cullen told Nicky that she had worked really well at the task.

"I was impressed and it's quite clear you've learned a huge amount in the past 12 weeks. I'm thrilled about that." But despite his words of praise, he then turned to the bookies' favourite, Brenda, and said: "You're the person I want as my Apprentice, so you're hired," he said.

Both finalists began to cry silently and hugged each other after the announcement.

Bill wished Nicky the best of luck and said he had absolutely no doubt her career was on an upward trajectory.

Afterwards, Brenda said: "I think he chose me because I have been the most consistent. I've always given 100pc and I've taken the most risks".

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