Maureen sets course for Med af­ter Win­ning Streak win

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS -

ONE of Lis­sel­ton’s best-loved pub­lic faces is the fo­cus of a slew of good­will from near and far this week af­ter she won the €5,000 cruise draw on Satur­day’s Win­ning Streak.

Maureen Flavin, who works in the local su­per­mar­ket and post of­fice, Ryan’s Day­break, couldn’t be­lieve her ears when she heard her name called out of the draw.

“They only pick one out usu­ally, but be­cause of the Christ­mas break, four were cho­sen on Satur­day, and mine was the fourth! I couldn’t be­lieve it,” Maureen told The Ker­ry­man as she cel­e­brated the great win with her work col­league pals at the store on Mon­day.

Maureen was prompted to com­pete for the prize af­ter hear­ing all about the cruise her brother and his wife en­joyed out of Venice last year. “I knew the only way I’d get on one was if I won it, so I col­lected a num­ber of stubs and put in for it all at once.”

In­cred­i­bly, the win came al­most ex­actly to the two-year an­niver­sary of the death of young Bal­ly­heigue na­tive Tr­ish Flavin. Tr­ish was the wife of Ray­mond Flavin, a nephew of Maureen’s hus­band, Gerry, and both she and Maureen were close friends. When she died of a med­i­cal com­pli­ca­tion af­ter be­ing out for Women’s Christ­mas it dev­as­tated the whole clan, not least Ray­mond, who was left to care for five young chil­dren. Maureen and Ray­mond’s mom, Josephine, are now help­ing him to mind the chil­dren.

“I was very close to Tr­ish, and I couldn’t be­lieve that the win came prac­ti­cally on her an­niver­sary. I have great faith and have no doubt she played a role in the win,” Maureen said.

“It’s nice to get a lift like this af­ter so much heartache in the fam­ily. And I can’t get over the good­will of peo­ple, they’ve been ring­ing non-stop to wish me the best.”

Now, Maureen is eye­ing the Med as the des­ti­na­tion of choice, hop­ing to cruise from Rome and back. And there’s no doubt as to who is go­ing with her – beloved hus­band Gerry. “He’s nearly ready to leave al­ready,” Maureen laughed.

Maureen Flahive (sec­ond from right) cel­e­brat­ing her­cruise win at her place of work in Lis­sel­ton – Ryan’s Day­break; with Deirdre Sheehy, postmaster; Robert Ryan; and Kath­leen Car­roll.

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