Young pop star's charity boost as godfather scoops €250,000
A SCHOOLBOY pop star battling a brain tumour received a boost yesterday as his godfather picked up Lotto winnings of €250,000.
Mike Gilbert (40), from Lisselton in Co Kerry, pledged to use some of the money to help fundraising efforts by his godson, Adam O'Sullivan, who had 80pc of a benign tumour removed from his brain earlier this year.
Eight-year-old Adam is due to return to hospital for further treatment next month, but in the meantime is forging a pop career with a charity single he has released with The High Kings.
It is hoped their version of 'Whiskey in the Jar' will raise €100,000 for Crumlin Children's Hospital and Temple Street Children's Hospital. And with Dunnes Stores and Tesco agreeing to stock the CD, the song is being tipped as a potential Christmas number one.
At National Lottery headquarters in Dublin yesterday, Mr Gilbert said he wasn't in the slightest bit disappointed that he missed out on the main jackpot and outlined plans to give 10pc of his winnings to charity. He added that he would use the rest of the money to do a few jobs around his house, buy a car and maybe take a holiday.
Mr Gilbert won the 'Lotto Plus Two' top prize with a €6 quick-pick ticket he bought in Supervalu, Main Street, Ballybunion, on November 3.