TWO Offaly ladies – Marie McKeon from Edenderry and Corona Delaney from Ballina, Ballycumber – enjoyed a trip of a lifetime to New York recently thanks to the National Lottery.
The lucky ladies were among 39 Big Money Game TV Gameshow winners who jetted off to the Big Apple on Friday, September 28 for a six-day luxury break along with €2,500 spending money.
For both ladies it was their first occasion to travel to NY, and they stayed in the luxurious Sofitel Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, just a short stroll from Times Square, The Empire State Building and Fifth Avenue.
On Sunday evening, they sailed across the Hudson River, past the Statue of Liberty, to the famous River Café where they enjoyed a delicious gala dinner. Theyvisited Broadway on Tuesday night, where they enjoyed the smash hit musical ‘Jersey Boys’ at the August Wilson Theatre.
Marie works for O’Shaughnessy Solicitors in Edenderry. She lost her husband Sean eight years ago. She has three children – a daughter and two sons - and a grandchild called Moya (10). She brought her daughter Siobhan with her to New York.
She and her granddaughter Moya are very close and always watch The Big Money Game together. Marie gets two Scratch Cards every Sunday and they scratch one each. They were waiting a while for the ‘U’ stub and finally they scratched two. They were watching the show when Marie was selected and pandemonium reigned in the household for sometime afterwards.
Marie has been to Spain but never New York. She loves flying but did not think she would get the chance to visit New York. Her late husband had been there with the Offaly football team in the 1980’s. Siobhan has been twice and was looking forward to showing her mother around.
Corona works in childcare. She brought her mother Teresa as her travel companion on the trip. Teresa has five children.
Teresa collected the stubs but put her daughter’s name of them as she thinks she is the lucky one. Corona’s brother David is getting married to Mary on the Saturday after they arrive back from the trip. Corona was at Mary’s hen night when she received the news that she had won. There was much excitement - everyone started singing the popular song ‘New York, New York’!
Corona is interested in walking, swimming and outdoor pursuits.