Dubliner Gerry Tynan on Countdown run - despite a spell of the giggles
Dubliner Gerry Tynan is one step closer to becoming the Countdown champion after he made it through to the quarter finals of the popular TV show.
Mr Tynan, who lives in Lucan but is originally from Inchicore, earned his place by making it through eight rounds of the Channel Four programme unbeaten.
The 42-year-old, who works as an accountant for a publishing company, said he has enjoyed the experience on the show to date.
"My brother-in-law was on it a few years ago, and I went over with him, so I knew the layout of the studio and how it works.
"But it is still quite nerve- racking sitting in front of seven or eight television cameras and an audience," Mr Tynan told the Herald.
He said his highlight so far was winning the first game.
"I was up against someone who's been on the show before and was quite good and had won a few games already," Mr Tynan said.
Irish viewers watched Gerry make it through to the quarter finals unbeaten in the episodes which were screened last week.
But they will have to wait to see how Gerry fares in the quarter final when it is screened on June 4.
Last Thursday's show saw a conundrum for Countdown host Nick Hewer as he tried to stifle his giggles when Gerry and fellow contestant Anne Lewin both came up with the same eight-letter solution in the word game - the word 'erection'.
"I saw it straight away and I spent the rest of the 30 seconds looking for something else, but it was the only one there that I could see," Gerry said, laughing.