Friday 30 September 2016

'It was like all our Christmases came at once' - Mum caught in Euros scam thanks anonymous donor for golden tickets

Ireland's dream may be over - but this family's wish came true

Catherine Devine

Published 26/06/2016 | 17:05

Gold dust: Emily O'Sullivan's family were overjoyed with tickets
Gold dust: Emily O'Sullivan's family were overjoyed with tickets
Emily O'Sullivan's family were overjoyed with tickets

A family who were caught in a Euros 2016 ticket scam had the holiday of a lifetime after they received free tickets to watch Ireland play Belgium in France.

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“Whoever donated the tickets made my boys' dreams come true. The trip was like all our Christmases came at once,” said Mum Emily O’Sullivan.

Emily was horrified after she realised she had bought two fake tickets for her sons on scam site Europeanchampionship.com.

But the family's disappointment turned to joy when an anonymous German man offered five tickets so the whole family could go.

“The seats were amazing. They were in a more expensive area than the ones I thought I had bought.

“The whole experience was a once in a lifetime. The children had a ball and loved every minute of it,” she said.

Emily O'Sullivan's family were overjoyed with tickets
Emily O'Sullivan's family were overjoyed with tickets

The mum of four said the atmosphere in France was “incredible” despite Ireland losing against Belgium.

“A Belgian fan took my youngest girl dancing after the game and she loved it. Everyone was so welcoming and wonderful.”

The mum from Cork had been left devastated when she found out tickets were fake as she had worked extra-shifts to afford the holiday for her kids.

“It was absolutely worth all the work, I would do it all again in a heartbeat,” she said.

Emily said that while the story had a happy ending she will definitely be more 'wise' in future.

“I genuinely thought it was a legitimate site and hopefully I’ll never get caught like that again," she told Independent.ie

“They haven’t made contact with me since but the gardai are still investigating it,” she said.

“We’re back to reality now but that generous man, he really did make my boys’ dream come true.”

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