GAA-mad Limerick granny hoping new grandchild will set her on a Winning Streak

Alan Owens


Limerick gran hoping new granchild will set her on a Winning Streak

Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy, hosts of Winning Streak on RTE

A LIMERICK grandmother is hoping that the arrival of a new grandchild will be the lucky spur she needs when she appears on Winning Streak.

Noreen Dillane from Mountcollins will be waiting for news of the birth of her fourth grandchild when she appears on the RTE One show this Saturday night. The GAA mad Limerick woman, whose two sons, Denis and Pat, play for the local football team in Mountcollins, was pulled from the draw to appear on the show last weekend.

She said this was the last thing she expected as she sat down to watch the show with her husband of 39 years, David.

The couple had been housebound due to the heavy snowfall from Storm Emma and weren’t able to go to mass that evening. Noreen said that it was an unbelievable feeling when she heard her name being called out and then the congratulations calls started coming through.

The couple are retired farmers and full-time GAA fans, along with the rest of her family. Husband David, at the youthful age of 83, is also still refereeing GAA matches and he and Noreen follow the Limerick football side wherever they play. Noreen longs for the side to be able to contest an All-Ireland football final.

Noreen has four adult children, two boys and her girls, Linda and Mary. Linda has three children, Katie, Noel and Niamh, who are doted over by their grandmother.

All will be attending to support her from the audience on Saturday with the exception of Denis who may well be a father by then. He and his pregnant partner Michelle will watch from Limerick.

Noreen will appear on the next episode of Winning Streak, which will be broadcast on Saturday evening at 8.25pm on RTE One. Presenters Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy will guide five players through the show, which gives them the chance to win cash, cars and luxury holidays, with one to get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to spin the Grand Prize Wheel with a maximum prize of €500,000.