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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Holiday plans on hold as Pat waits for passport

Nick Bramhill

HE has enough money to spend the rest of his days travelling the globe. But Lotto winner Pat Broderick's dreams of escaping to the sun have been put on hold -- because he doesn't yet own a passport.

The Kinsale postman said the first thing he wanted to do after collecting his €7m fortune was to pack his bags and take a long holiday abroad. But almost two weeks since scooping his life-changing fortune, his neighbours said they were baffled as to why he and wife Mary (45) were still hanging around the Co Cork town.

Yesterday it emerged that Mr Broderick (47), who is understood to have never travelled on a foreign holiday, has had no choice but to wait for his first-ever passport to be processed.

A family friend said: "It's been a bit frustrating for Pat, because he was getting very excited about taking his first proper break outside the country and taking time out with his wife, Mary, to contemplate their future and come to terms with their win.

"The first thing he wanted to do when he picked up his cheque was book a really nice holiday in the sun. He'd mentioned Spain and another dream of his is to go on a Caribbean cruise.

"But it suddenly occurred to him when he got back to Kinsale that he doesn't own a passport. In fact, he never has had the need for one till now. So he's had to put the holiday on the backburner for now."

Even though he's taken a long leave of absence after 25 years delivering the mail, Mr Broderick returned to Kinsale post office last week -- this time as a customer to fill out his passport application form.

And although he's enjoying his time off delivering the post, he is believed to be keeping an eagle-eye on his letterbox each morning -- waiting for his passport to arrive by express mail.

The friend added: "Pat's been enjoying himself. It will still take some time for it all to sink in. But the best thing for them will be to get out of Kinsale for a while and relax on a long holiday."

After picking up his Lotto fortune, one half of the bumper €14m jackpot two weeks ago, the popular postie said he also planned to use the windfall to pay off his mortgage, join a golf club and take care of his large family.

Irish Independent

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