Mayo teacher wins her aunt €31,000 on Winning Streak

A Mayo woman has done her aunt proud as she went on Winning Streak on her behalf and won her a tidy €31,000 on the National Lottery TV game show on RTE One last Saturday last.

Mary Kirrane, from Mayo Abbey, said she had no choice when she was asked by her aunt, Annie Kirrane, to take her place on Winning Streak as “you just can’t say no to Annie!”. Annie was stunned after her name was selected to appear on the show back in December and asked her niece to play for her.

Mary, a primary school teacher, was born in the United States after her parents, both from Mayo, met and married in San Francisco. The family moved back to Ireland when Mary was 18 months old and she has lived in Mayo Abbey ever since.

Mary teaches in Mayo Abbey National School and her colleagues and the students are excited at the prospect of seeing her on the show. Mary also works as a carer for her mum Ellen and has one sibling, her brother John, who will be in the Winning Streak audience.

Mary said that her aunt Annie deserves this slice of luck as she is such a lovely person. She says Annie has no plans for the cash as she is still coming to terms with the win.

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