Limerick Euromillions winner in rare showing at the Red Cow

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

THE second biggest ever winner of a Euromillions prize Dolores McNamara made a rare appearance at a charity event organised by a Limerick businessman.

THE second biggest ever winner of a Euromillions prize Dolores McNamara made a rare appearance at a charity event organised by a Limerick businessman.

The Garryowen mother became an overnight sensation when she scooped €115m on the Euromillions back in 2005.

Since then, she has kept a low profile.

But at an event organised in Dublin’s Red Cow hotel by Athea-born businessman Tom Moran, Dolores met one of her favourite singers, Mary Byrne.

For the last six months, Mr Moran has been fundraising for the suicide awareness charity, which has a base in Mungret.

He has taken part in a walk (the Tomathon) between his home village and his place of work on Dublin’s southside, in a bid to raise money for the charity.

To add to this, he has also taken part in the Dublin Marathon.

And a gala evening last week saw the fundrasiing efforts come to an end, with a total of €180,000 raised so far.

With money still pouring in, Mr Moran has had to hold off presenting a cheque to Pieta House.

He also revealed Dolores, who worked as a cleaner at the Limerick Youth Service, until her windfall, joined him on the first stretch of the Tomathon between Limerick and Nenagh.

Tom’s friendship with Dolores stretches back to 2005, when she stayed in his hotels in Dublin, Cork, and Spain.

“She is a lovely lady, a very humble lady. We meet on a regular basis,” Mr Moran said.

The multi-millionaire gave a “modest donation”, he added.

But Mr Moran praised the generosity of every single person who has helped him almost double his initial fundraising target.

“I have to say I have never experienced such generosity of people in my life. Everywhere we went, people were so generous. The response came from people you just would not expect. Old people came up and gave us €50 and €100 notes. It was unbelievable,” he said.

Since some money came from Britain, Mr Moran said he will donate some cash to suicide awareness causes there.

He said the walk created a lot of awareness around suicide prevention - and it was made the more poignant as many people who joined him had their own personal stories to tell.

Asked if he would do it again, he said: “Yes I would. I loved what I did, and it was a great success.”