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Carrigline Man Selected To Play ‘Countdown’

Carrigline Man Selected To Play ‘Countdown’

Writes Jack White

Carrigaline man Arun Mathur, has been selected to play the British television game show, ‘Countdown’.

Arun, originally from India but living in Carrigaline for the last 22 years, is a big fan of the Channel 4 show which sees contestants race against the clock to pit their wits against vowels, consonants and numbers.

Arun moved to Ireland, from India, after Irish Steel advertised in an Indian newspaper seeking staff. Taking a job with the company, Arun says Irish Steel looked after him and his family exceptionally well. “I think I was the first Indian to come to Carrigaline”, he says, “Irish steel helped us to find a house, sorted our visa and helped us to find schools for the children”. Arun became an Irish citizen in 2002.

Arun, who has watched Countdown for years, applied to be a contestant in June of this year and took part in a telephone audition in August. Just last week he received an email from the show’s producers asking him to attend their studio in Leeds in November, to participate in the show. Arun expects that the show will air two to three months after filming.

Arun’s wife Anita works at The Mercy Hospital and his children went to primary and secondary school in Carrigaline before entering third-level education at UCC.

Arun, now 66, is retired but still gives Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate grinds in Physics, Chemistry and maths. In his time in Ireland, Arun also worked in the medical devices industry.

Arun says he regularly practises whilst watching Countdown and is hopeful he can perform well in studio. Best of luck Arun, from all at The Carrigdhoun Newspaper.

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