One question that Egghead Pat could never miss

By Jim Hayes

Published 24/09/2016 | 00:00

Wexford proved the downfall of one contestant on the BBC's 'Make Me An Egghead' quiz series last week...and gave one of the show's resident experts a chance to betray his roots.

On episode 19 of the series which aims to find two new 'brains' to join the expert panel on BBC Two's popular 'Eggheads' show, contestant Nic Paul was asked, 'In Ireland, the River Slaney rises in the Wicklow Mountains and joins the Irish Sea at which town?'

He was given multiple choices of Cork, Wexford and Dundalk and, after confessing that 'sadly, my geography of Ireland knowledge is particularly poor', picked Dundalk.

Host Jeremy Vine instantly turned to Pat Gibson, the show's only Egghead from Ireland, for the correct answer.

'Wexford is the answer,' said Gibson, with a wry smile, and just maybe the hint of a Wexford accent.

Pat's local knowledge is hardly surprising.

Viewers were not informed that the Egghead who once scooped the £1m jackpot on 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' and currently ranks No. 2 quizzer in the world, has strong Wexford connections: his late father Eddie was CEO of Co. Wexford VEC from 1976 up until his death in 1989, and his mother Fanchea lived in the family home in Barntown until her passing in 2012.

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