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Cillian McMulkin was a contestant in Series 65 and an octochamp in Series 87. At the time of his first appearance, he was living in Belfast, but as of his second appearance, he was living in Omagh, County Tyrone. He is a Risk Analyst, and has also been an Apterite since 2009; achieving a top 20 position in the Apterous pro rank leaderboard.
Appearances on the programme
Debuting midway through Jeff Stelling's last series, McMulkin fell 14 points short of victory to eventual octochamp Dave Taylor, but did have the last word by solving the conundrum.
However, just under 11 and a half years later and with years of practice on Apterous now under his belt, he was allowed to return; this time starting his run against seven-time winner Peter Burke in an all-Ireland affair. McMulkin would not be beaten this time, winning 66 – 107 to deny Burke's octochampdom and kick off with a century. He followed this with seven more sensational performances, which were also all centuries.
Of particular note, in his fifth victory, McMulkin equalled the current record for the highest-ever score of 154, sharing it with Tom Stevenson, and dropped one point with only GUNMETAL eluding him. His seventh game also tied for the highest possible score ever recorded in a game of Countdown, matching the 175 of Episode 6745 and Episode 7341.
After his last game, which saw him spot a seventh nine SIGNATURE and drop only one point for the second time in his heats, Cillian secured octochampdom with a total of 944 points to become the first one of the series and of 2023; this also made him the 30th member of the 900 Club. McMulkin will almost certainly return for the series finals in June.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Presenters||Guest||Lex||Max|
|5321||31/08/2011||P||Dave Taylor||99 – 85||Cillian McMulkin||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||John Inverdale||Susie Dent||143|
|7939||25/01/2023||P||Peter Burke||66 – 107||Cillian McMulkin||Colin Murray||Rachel Riley||Stephen K. Amos||Susie Dent||134|
|7940||26/01/2023||P||Cillian McMulkin||109 – 51||Cheryl Perkins||Colin Murray||Rachel Riley||Stephen K. Amos||Susie Dent||130|
|7941||27/01/2023||P||Cillian McMulkin||124 – 43||Amy Perryman||Colin Murray||Rachel Riley||Stephen K. Amos||Susie Dent||135|
|7942||30/01/2023||P||Cillian McMulkin||101 – 61||Toby Rogers||Colin Murray||Rachel Riley||Justin Moorhouse||Susie Dent||121|
|7943||31/01/2023||P||Cillian McMulkin||154 – 69||Chris Davies||Colin Murray||Rachel Riley||Justin Moorhouse||Susie Dent||155|
|7944||01/02/2023||P||Cillian McMulkin||112 – 45||Jon Sluckis||Colin Murray||Rachel Riley||Justin Moorhouse||Susie Dent||124|
|7945||02/02/2023||P||Cillian McMulkin||116 – 33||Ron Squire||Colin Murray||Rachel Riley||Justin Moorhouse||Susie Dent||175|
|7946||03/02/2023||P||Cillian McMulkin||121 – 35||Alison Adams||Colin Murray||Rachel Riley||Justin Moorhouse||Susie Dent||122|