No loan needed this time as Sean wins car in draw

Wexford People - - NEWS - By ANNA HAYES

A 76-YEAR-OLD life­long Wex­ford Credit Union mem­ber was the lucky win­ner of a brand new Opel As­tra in the branch’s Oc­to­ber Car Draw.

Sean McDer­mott (76) from Dun­cormick, and his wife Mar­garet, picked up the keys to the new car on Tues­day last and both were de­lighted to get be­hind the wheel.

Sean, who is orig­i­nally from Wick­low, ex­plained that he had arthri­tis and so did not do too much driv­ing, but said his wife Mar­garet was hap­pily whizzing around in it!

There is an el­e­ment of things com­ing full cir­cle for Sean who, over 40 years ago, bought his first car with help from the Credit Union.

While work­ing in Wex­ford Cream­ery, where he was em­ployed un­til his re­tire­ment, he was driv­ing lor­ries and col­lect­ing milk from farms around the coun­try.

‘I had met a farmer up the coun­try who had a grand car for sale, his daugh­ter wasn’t us­ing it any­more and he of­fered it to me for £300. I had £200 saved so I went in to the Per­ma­nent Build­ing So­ci­ety that evening on the way home from work. They wouldn’t give me any­thing be­cause they said I’d get noth­ing for £300.’

Sean, who was a mem­ber in the Credit Union at the time, then cut across to the branch where he stated his case to teller Nancy Reck (who still works in the branch) who granted the loan with no fuss.

‘In those days, £100 was the equiv­a­lent of about €2,000 now. But any­way, I got years out of the car! It was a Ford Es­cort that ran and ran, and when it was wore out I kept it for parts.’

Sean had just come home from phys­io­ther­apy in Grantstown when he re­ceived a call from the Credit Union which, at first, he thought was a hoax!

‘A voice on the phone told me I was the owner of a new As­tra and I said “You must be jok­ing!” and that made them think they had the wrong num­ber! But no, they had the right name and num­ber. It’s some­thing you’d never dream would hap­pen but it’s bril­liant, we’re de­lighted.’

Sean McDer­mott, win­ner in the Wex­ford Credit Union Car Draw,with his wife Mar­garet, David Maguire of Wex­ford Credit Union, and Liam Ryan, Fer­ry­bank Mo­tors.

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