‘Is it OK if I am Paul O’Connell’s mother?’ – World Cup competition winner delighted with French tickets
One lucky Irish rugby fan was beside herself with the news she won tickets to watch Ireland take on France in the World Cup. And the winner is no ordinary fan.
Shelagh O’Connell, mother to Ireland’s inspirational captain Paul, will now witness the eagerly-awaited Pool C encounter with Les Bleus at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff in two weeks’ time. The match is expected to decide the outcome of the group, with the losers likely to face reigning champions New Zealand in the quarter-finals.
The proud mother couldn’t believe her luck when she won a newspaper competition for two coveted match tickets, plus flights and accommodation. She even had to double check that she was eligible to win.
“Is it OK if I am Paul O’Connell’s mother?” she asked when told by The Examiner that she had won the World Cup competition.
She admitted that she was “surprised and shocked” when informed, especially as she had nothing planned for the game against Ireland's Six Nations rivals.
“He [Paul] doesn’t get tickets until the day of the game,” she said. “But to be honest, match tickets are not the problem. It’s the flights and actually getting there. For the last game when Ireland played Canada in Cardiff, we had to fly into London, followed by a four-hour drive to Cardiff. I wasn’t the best after sitting in the car for four hours.”
Joe Schmidt’s side face Romania in Wembley tomorrow before taking on Italy in the Olympic Stadium next weekend prior to the clash with Philippe Saint-Andre’s France.