Monday 19 March 2018

Watch: This Late Late Show's grand prize winner's story had everyone in tears

Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

The winner of The Late Late Show’s giveaway last week had everyone in tears last night.

Kathy Shine, from Walkinstown, won a car worth €20,000 on last week’s show, and visited RTE to give a thank you card to the host, Ryan Tubridy, during the week.  

She told Ryan the story of how much the prize meant to her, and he subsequently invited her onto the show so she could share it with the audience.

Kathy’s ticket was pulled out of a drum of over 200,000 entries, however the prize wasn’t for her.

She had entered the competition in the hopes of winning the car for her brother Michael, who has multiple sclerosis.

When Ryan was pulling out the winning ticket, Kathy said she prayed to her deceased mother that he would call her name.

“I sat up bolt right in the bed, and I said “Mum, I am begging you, please let him pick up my card so I can give it to Michael to update his disability van,” she told the audience in tears.

Michael was diagnosed with MS when he was 29, and although medication helped the disease go into remission, it re-emerged after 20 years.

Michael’s wife Joan gave up her job three years ago to care for him full-time in their home in Galway, but the disability van she drives to transport her husband is on its way out. 

“I thought it was a fiddle that she had managed somehow,” said Michael of Kathy’s name being pulled out, despite the extraordinary odds.

Kathy entered the competition in the hopes of winning the prize and getting the cash instead, using it to buy Michael, who is wheelchair-bound, a new van and a mobile hoist.

However, upon hearing Kathy, Michael and Joan’s incredible story, Renault, the car dealership that had issued the prize, gave an additional €5,000 to either convert the car or upgrade to another vehicle.

Viewers took to Twitter to share their delight at Kathy and Michael’s win, with one user saying, “Never a more worthy winner.”

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