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Monday 22 September 2014

Duped GAA mum weeps as businessman offers All-Ireland tickets for autistic son

Published 20/09/2013 | 14:30

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A MOTHER wept tears of joy today after a businessman gave her tickets for this Sunday’s All-Ireland final.

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Patricia, a mother-of-two from Mayo, contacted RTE’s Liveline programme earlier today and told host Joe Duffy that she had been conned.

An upset Patricia told Joe that she duped into buying tickets for the final from con artist calling himself Oliver.

Patricia was among a number of callers contacting Joe telling him they had been scammed into buying the tickets online.

Patricia told listeners her son had been admitted to Mayo Regional Hospital with health concerns so she was “all over the place” when the chance to buy tickets to the All-Ireland final arose.

“We were so desperate for tickets that an offer of two Hogan stand tickets was like a dream come true,” she said.

“We’ve had a great journey with Mayo this year. You would do anything to see them.”

When Patricia realised that the sale of these tickets were a hoax, she was distraught and told her story on RTE radio. 

Upon hearing her story, businessman Larry Howard contacted the show.

Mr Howard is an executive with Hilco, the company behind the newly re-opened HMV branches across Ireland, offered the mum two tickets to this Sunday’s match.

 “On behalf of HMV, I have two spare tickets here and she is more than welcome to these two tickets,” he said.

“I am from Mayo myself so I know it would be a big, big loss.”

Overcome with emotion, Patricia was effusive in her thanks.

“I’ve had such a bad week – I’m over the moon right now,” she said. 

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