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Dad's €5,700 Masters win helps Jenny to cope with his death

A BET placed by the father of Ray D'Arcy's partner won at odds of 90-1 just days after his sudden death.

The DJ has revealed how Jenny Kelly's dad Mick had rightly predicted the outcome of the Masters.

South African Charl Schwartzel was the shock winner of the tournament, which was led for three rounds by our own Rory McIlroy.

Shortly before passing away, an inspired Mick Kelly had punted €50 on the South African.

Sadly, though, he never got to pick up his €5,700 and the betting slip was discovered by his family as they prepared for his funeral last weekend.

Ray (46) who returned to his popular Today FM slot yesterday after being off air for nearly a week, told the remarkable story.





Shouting

"Mick liked a bit of a flutter on the gee-gees and he loved a good yarn. We went through his pocket last Friday and Saturday when we were sorting things out and we discovered his winning docket," the presenter explained.

"Mick had put €50 each way on Schwartzel and nobody thought much more of it. He'd got 90-1.

"On the night of the final round of the Masters, as Schwartzel came into the reckoning, we got texts and calls all night saying how great it would be if won, and wouldn't it be great for the memory of Jenny's dad."

He added: "Later that night I woke up to the sound of Jenny shouting loudly downstairs and laughing ... Schwartzel had just won."

Mr Kelly was a well-known solicitor whose clients included former Fine Gael Minister Michael Lowry and several developers.

kdoyle@herald.ie


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