Sunday 17 November 2019

Millionaire who foretold his massive lotto win writes prophetic poem about same-sex marriage referendum

Martin Burke from Naas, Kildare, won €1,018,000 Pic: Mac Innes Photography
Martin Burke from Naas, Kildare, won €1,018,000 Pic: Mac Innes Photography
Declan Harrington, Head of Finance at The National Lottery, presenting Martin with his winning cheque. From left: Fidelma Burke, (sister); James Burke (son); Million Euro Challenge host, Nicky Byrne; Martin’s wife Kathleen; James Burke (son); Aedamar Rush Pic: Mac Innes Photography News Desk

The taxi driver that predicted winning more than a million euro in a poem has followed up his prophetic writing with a verse on the same-sex marriage referendum.

Martin Burke, who last week claimed the largest sum ever won on a National Lottery TV game show, said he had written a poem about the upcoming referendum on April 9 2015.

“I had one there the other day about the referendum about marriage,” The Naas man told RTE’s Liveline.

“I didn’t right for Yes or No, it is just something that came to me,” he added when pushed by Joe Duffy on whether it voiced an opinion on how the public should vote.

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Reading out his poem, Mr Burke said he would let others decided what it stood for.

“I met my husband when he was 20 and I was 21,” he began.

“We’ve been together for over 35 years and we’ve no family, it was not to be.”

“I love him as much as anyone can love a man.”

“As I look back, our relationship was good but from day one mum took a dislike, as did my brothers and sisters.”

“Dad tried to be nice but mom had a tight lease on him.”

“When we got married only one brother and sister turned up, it is sad that the other family did not.”

“It was a hard life, most people did not take to us.”

“There was fights and rows but I didn’t care, I was with the man I loved .”

“The reason for the fights and the rows, and all the trouble is because I am a man.”

Expressing his delight at the poem, Joe Duffy was quick to point out that RTE and his show would have been happy to broadcast a No poem had a guest wanted to read one.

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Mr Burke won €1,018,000 on this Saturday’s Million Euro Challenge gameshow on RTÉ One.

Martin, known as Archie to his friends and family, amazingly predicted the win on the show in a poem he wrote last March and two weeks later he got three stars on his scratch card, which he then sent into the show.

The Naas man, who has been a taxi driver for 15 years, foretold his good fortune in a poem he wrote last month.

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The 54-year-old took-up poetry writing in the last year and wrote the poem ‘Dream’ in March about appearing on a National Lottery game show and winning €1 million.

Just two weeks later, he got three-stars on a Million Euro Challenge Scratch Card, sent it in to the National Lottery and was chosen to appear on the show.

Married to his wife Kathleen for 36 years, the pair have four children, as well as six grandchildren.

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