Donegal’s Jack Meenan scores on “Junior Mastermind”

TV3 launched their very own version of Mastermind last weekend but with a twist - this was for 10 and 11 year olds and features the brightest “Junior Masterminds” that Ireland has to offer.

TV3 launched their very own version of Mastermind last weekend but with a twist - this was for 10 and 11 year olds and features the brightest “Junior Masterminds” that Ireland has to offer.

The show, which aired for the first time on Sunday night last at 7.15pm on TV3, is presented by former Minister for Justice Nora Owen and the young contestants answer questions sitting in the famous black chair just like the grown-up series.

A spokesperson for TV3 told the Donegal Democrat, “The world’s most famous black chair has sought out some smaller than usual occupants! After the huge success of Celebrity Mastermind, TV3 are now delighted to unveil a brand new series with the brightest 10 and 11 years old’s Ireland has to offer taking on the most nerve wracking quiz on television.

“Our first set of juniors hailed from Donegal, Cork and Dublin and in the first round, each contender had two minutes to answer questions about a specialist subject. In the second round, each contender had two minutes to answer general knowledge questions.

Donegal was very well represented in the very first episode by 11-year old Jack Meenan from Castlefin.

Jack chose his specialist subject: Superbowls 1998 – 2012, a subject in which he is quite an expert.

The Castlefin lad plays Gaelic Football for Robert Emmet’s and also plays soccer, basketball and tennis.

He is a keen fan of Mastermind and plays it at home on TV at home with his parents. He is inspired by Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and his mum, who he says is the smartest ‘girl I know’.

And like our very own lads in green and gold Jack proved he had the stamina and the knowledge and is now through to the second round.

Junior Mastermind airs every Sunday at 7.15pm on TV3 - be sure to tune in and give your support to our Donegal mastermind.