Thursday 23 November 2017

Irish mum at centre of Euro 2016 scam 'overwhelmed' after gift of tickets for family to watch Ireland game in France

Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A devastated mother who was scammed out of Euro 2016 tickets is “overwhelmed” after receiving free tickets for the whole family to watch the Ireland game in France.

“It’s mad, I’m overwhelmed with the support and well-wishes from the public,” said mum Emily O’Sullivan.

The family were told on Newstalk’s Pat Kenny show this morning that they were offered five free tickets to the match in France by a generous listener.

“Byron (11) started crying when he heard. He couldn’t believe it,” said Emily.

Emily had bought two fake tickets for her sons on Europeanchampionship.com but the listener offered five tickets so the whole family could go.

Read more: 'I'm devastated, they're devastated' - Young family scammed out of Euro 2016 tickets

Her two daughters Isabella (9) and Heidi (7) who will now be going to the match are “delighted” and the excitement in the house is “absolutely brilliant”.

“We can’t believe it and we’re all so excited,” she said.

The mum from Cork was conned out of more than €400 in a heartless scam when she bought two tickets for her sons to watch Ireland play against Belgium in France.

After hearing how the young family were scammed out of the tickets, offers of free tickets flooded into the family.

 "We can't believe the generosity of the public and I'd like to thank everyone," said Emily.

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