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Local entrepreneur is ‘fired up’ for The Apprentice

All eyes will be on BBC One this Thursday as Dromintee woman Grainne McCoy makes her screen debut as one of 18 hopefuls vying to impress Lord Alan Sugar on this year’s series of The Apprentice.

The 31 year old South Armagh woman has built up an enviable reputation in the make-up industry with her Grainne McCoy Make-Up studio, generated from Dromintee and London.  Renowned for her creative make-up talents, the local business woman travels extensively to projects ranging from film sets to fashion shows, and she says her drive and enthusiasm is something she was born with.

Grainne comes from a close knit family who are well known in the local area, with stepdad Phelim Carragher, a member of popular band, Sugartown Road.  Mum Siobhan, is delighted her highflying daughter is taking part in one of the BBC’s most popular shows,  and Grainne also has the full support of her sister Bronagh, older brother Peadar and younger brothers Thomas and Sean.  Her number one fan however, will be her 15 year old son Ryan, who will be avidly following his mum’s progress on the hit TV show.

The mum-of-one will fight it out with 17 other budding entrepreneurs for the £250k investment prize and the chance of being hired by business tycoon, Lord Sugar.

In her pre-show interview with the BBC, the former St.Paul’s High School student admits that becoming a mother at 16 compounded her passion to succeed.

“I am enthusiastic, I didn’t get the opportunity to go to university or get it really drilled into me, I think I was born with this drive and enthusiasm to be successful,” said the self-taught entrepreneur.

“After becoming a mother at 16, my drive doubled, not only did I want to be successful for myself, I had a son that I had to be a role model for and I am very fortunate that he is 15 now and he is in the top class in his school (St.Paul’s High School), which is amazing.”

Revealing her “gameplan” is to simply be herself, Grainne added that the idea and ambition to succeed with her business is “real”.

“What I’ve learnt is self-taught and a lot of common sense.  I just need a little bit of guidance and a little bit of mentoring from an experienced team like on The Apprentice just to help me make that million,” she added.

The entire district will be behind the ambitious young business woman as she seeks to make her mark and potentially change her life forever on The Apprentice, which begins on Thursday 6th October at 9pm on BBC One.

You can keep up to date on Facebook and Twitter (#theapprentice). The Apprentice Snapchat channel (@theapprenticeuk) is launching this year, bringing highlights and extra content to an even broader audience.