Thursday, November 16, 2017

A GAELIC football coach has joked that he plans to buy a goat after winning €42,000 on the Winning Streak game show.

Spink GAA club’s juvenile and ladies’ coach Paddy McGinty brought two lucky goat mascots to the National Lottery show on RTÉ television in honour of the famous ballad Paddy McGinty’s Goat. After his substantial cash windfall, the 47-year-old quipped: “I will have to buy a goat now with my winnings.”

The show had a strong Laois flavour, as golf fan Patricia ‘Tricia’ Phelan from Mountrath also scooped €37,000 in cash and a holiday to Australia.

A clerical officer with Laois Co Council, Tricia won €25,000 when she was selected to spin the grand prize wheel. She also won €12,000 in cash during the show and a trip to Australia worth €10,000.

The 51-year-old from Knockanina, a member of Mountrath Golf Club, was cheered on in the audience by her husband Dan and their three children, Laura and twins Ciara and Cillian. The couple marked their 20th wedding anniversary this year.

The large crowd of supporters also included three of Tricia’s sisters and one brother. Her fourth sister, who lives in San Francisco, watched on the RTÉ Player with her husband and two children.

Tricia tries to get a round in at least once a week at the Mountrath club and says that she plans to work hard to lower her handicap of 25.

Meanwhile, Spink GAA stalwart Paddy McGinty says he nearly fell off his seat laughing when his name was selected to appear on the show on Saturday 4 November. When his name was called out, Winning Streak host Marty Whelan referred to the famous song with a line that proved to be prophetic: “An Irishman of note fell in for a fortune and bought himself a goat.”

The scratch card that led to Paddy’s TV appearance was bought at Costcutter in Ballinakill by two members of the Spink ladies’ football team, as a thank you token for his dedicated training throughout the season.

Originally from Donegal and now living near Castlecomer, Paddy’s supporters in the audience included his daughters Grace and Shauna, his mother Patricia, his six sisters and two brothers.

Against the odds, Paddy’s luck rubbed off on his near-neighbour and friend Patrick (Pat) Downes from Castlecomer, whose name was drawn to appear on last Saturday night’s show. The 65-year-old plans to use his winnings to pay for his wedding to long-time partner Mary on 28 December. The couple have been together for 28 years and will also spend the windfall on a romantic honeymoon in Paris in the new year.

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By Carmel Hayes
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