Saturday 16 December 2017

Lucky pig Glen gets the chop from 'Winning Streak'

Gerry and May T Coyle with their lucky Vietnamese Pot Belly Pig
Gerry and May T Coyle with their lucky Vietnamese Pot Belly Pig "Glen". photo Joe Boland
Gerry and May T Coyle 's neighbours who were also winners on winning streak 21 yr ago. photo Joe Boland

Greg Harkin

A FAMILY want to stay on the pig's back -- but RTE isn't so keen on their bringing home the bacon.

Father-of-six Gerry Coyle (47), who is hoping to win thousands of euro on tonight's 'Winning Streak,' said he has been as happy as a pig in the proverbial since he bought his new family pet six months ago.

He claimed Vietnamese pot-bellied pig Glen has brought lots of luck since becoming part of the family in Newtowncunningham, Co Donegal.

The only downside to his ambitions for tonight's show is that TV bosses say Glen cannot be a part of the audience.

"Many cultures believe pigs are lucky and our Glen has certainly been lucky for us," Gerry said yesterday.

"I've won a few competitions recently, and the odd game of cards and we all reckon our luck has turned. It's just a shame we can't take him along to the studio."

Wife Mary (40) and children Ciara (15), Aine (13), Erin (11), Caoimhe (7), Treasa (5) and Seosamh (4) will join 20 other family members and friends at the TV lotto game show.

Said Mary: "Like a lot of families we are struggling at the moment and we have debts like everyone else so whatever Gerry wins will be welcome.

"We are very rich in that we have six brilliant children; we just don't have any money.

"I do honestly believe that Glen has brought some luck to us and we are very glad of it."

Among those travelling to Dublin will be neighbours Stewart and Margaret McNutt.

They won £10,000 and a camcorder on the show 21 years ago -- but the show was never broadcast because of a strike at RTE.

"I told them back then that we'd be back," said Margaret. "Only this time we will actually be on the TV."

Meanwhile,porky Glen will be looked after by friends at the family home though a little bit of him may yet be in the studio.

"I might just slip one of his hairs into my pocket for luck," Gerry said.

Irish Independent

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