'Loud Limerick crowd' to accompany woman on Winning Streak appearance

Alan Owens


Winning Streak presenters Sinead Kennedy and Marty Whelan

Winning Streak presenters Sinead Kennedy and Marty Whelan

A LIMERICK woman who will appear on the National Lottery Winning Streak game show on RTE has said she was in the cinema when she found out she had been selected.

Shirley Leen, a nurse from Newcastle West, was at the movies watching 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' on Saturday evening when she missed a call from her sister Carol.

When Carol came into the movie theatre a few minutes later looking for her, Shirley thought the worst but it was nothing but good news as her name had been pulled out of the Drum to appear on Winning Streak.

Shirley’s family are all looking forward to the day out and she says a “loud Limerick crowd” will be coming with her to RTE studios in Dublin on Saturday. Among these will be her mum Rita and Shirley’s siblings Carol and Billy. Her aunt Sheila is travelling from London to support her while another aunt, Madge is coming down from Cavan for the occasion.

One person who is not making the journey is her camera-shy dad, Willie, who will watch his daughter from home alongside the beloved family pet dog, Gizmo, a Yorkshire Terrier.

Shirley is an avid animal lover and frequently volunteers with Limerick Animal Welfare, walking dogs or cleaning out the kennels. She is going to use some of her Winning Streak winnings to make a donation to the group, she said.

Five players will appear on Winning Streak on RTE One this Saturday evening to compete for cash, cars and luxury holidays. One will get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to spin the Grand Prize Wheel with a maximum prize of €500,000. 

Over 5,900 people have taken part in the show since it first appeared on screens way back in September 1990, winning in excess of €168 million in prizes.

In 2017 alone, the National Lottery raised over €225 million for such good causes.