family and friends of Big Brother contestant Conor McIntyre lit up the City Hotel on Friday night in what they claimed would be the last party in a long line of parties.
The Hatmore man hit the screens and the headlines with a memorable appearance on Channel Five’s Big Brother this summer. The fitness instructor walked away with a cool £50,000 after a nail-biting episode of the show.
Conor, 25, says that while he has offers to weigh up he will be “getting my feet back on the ground” and going back to work in the near future.”
Conor’s mother Siobhan, who co-ordinated public support for her son while he was in the house, helping him avoid eviction no less than three times, said: “I’m glad he is home but this is the last in a long line of parties. It is our way of thanking everyone for voting for him. The City Hotel in particular has been very supportive, especially manager Kieran O’Neill.”
Conor works as a fitness instructor at the City Hotel, which gave him the time off to enter the Big Brother house. It has certainly made a celebrity of Conor, as his mother confirmed.
“I haven’t seen much of him since he got back,” said Siobhan. “There are young girls calling and loitering at the end of our drive - there’s been a lot of that.”
Conor said: “I’m sort of trying to get settled back into everyday life but there are still some offers coming in so it is still a bit of a whirlwind. We don’t know what is going on at times. I really wasn’t expecting as much support as I got when I was in there so this is my way of thanking everyone who helped me. The support was unbelievable, I expected some support from everyone back here as Derry looks after its own but it was overwhelming. There was no way to know how the English public would perceive me so that was always in the back of my mind. I’m just glad it all went so well.”