Lotto couple join the jet set
IRELAND'S newest Lotto millionaires are planning a romantic holiday abroad to celebrate their win.
Kevin Geoghegan (46) and Carol Loran (39) collected their €10.6m cheque at the National Lottery's Dublin headquarters yesterday and told the Irish Independent that they were planning a getaway later this summer when the excitement of the past week settled down.
The couple, who have eight children between them, enjoyed their first date on May 11, and Ms Loran said she was looking forward to getting properly acquainted, away from the limelight.
"We've only started going out; he doesn't really know me and I don't really know him, so we need time to get to know one another," the mother of five said.
They have yet to decide upon a destination, but Mr Geoghegan said that he may rent an apartment from a friend of his in Alicante.
The two winners travelled from Mullingar, Co Westmeath, in a coach with more than 30 of their extended families and friends to pick up their winnings.
Both are keen to maintain a normal life and have made no decisions about how they will invest the money, which they have split evenly between them.
"I've never had money; I'm used to scrimping and saving, so I don't have anything I want to splurge on aside from a new wardrobe for myself and the kids," Ms Loran said.
"It still hasn't hit me, and I don't think it will for another while yet."
Ms Loran is currently training to become a cashier at Boylesports and hopes to carry on working, while Mr Geoghegan has no plans to return to his job at Trend Technologies, where he has been employed for 27 years.
Instead, he hopes to learn how to drive – but said he has no intention of buying a luxury car.
"There'll be no Ferrari cars or anything. To be honest, I'm going to learn to drive and then buy a Volkswagen Passat; it's a sturdy, comfortable car," he said.
Mr Geoghegan was driven to work on a daily basis by friend and colleague Bob Brady, who was among the group to travel to Dublin yesterday.
"I've looked after him when he hadn't a shilling or when things were hard.
"We've been friends for 30 years. I'm delighted for him now," Mr Brady told the Irish Independent.
Mr Geoghegan was also joined by two of his three children, daughter Aoife (11) and son Fergal (14), as well as his elderly mother Jane, with whom he has been living. He plans to buy her a new kitchen.
"I can't believe it; at last we'll all be happy," said his mother.