'Better than winning the lotto' - Irish father and daughter appear at Oscars after tour bus surprise
An Irish father and daughter found themselves in the middle of the Oscar ceremony at the weekend after they took what they thought was a celeb-spotting bus tour.
On Sunday night Jimmy Kimmel welcomed the 10 lucky punters into the Dolby Theatre for the 89th Academy Awards.
And in amongst the small group was Aer Lingus cabin crew member Lisa Lucas, from Co Carlow, and her father Tom who were on a three-day stop-over in the city.
They spoke to the Eoghan McDermott Show on RTÉ 2FM about their surreal experience after landing back in Dublin.
Lisa said they had finished the bus tour and were dropped off in the 'Hall of Fame' to be collected later.
"We were doing this tour first and then they said we were going to be brought back stage at the Oscars just to look at the gowns, jewellery things like that.
"The next thing they're like '1,2,3' and we walk in. We were just like 'what'."
Lisa said her first thought was that she was in a wax museum.
Dad Tom added that "it's still not kicking in".
During the ceremony Tom shook hands with Ryan Gosling whom he described as "very kind and very nice."
"I'll never forget it, it was like winning the lottery. Money doesn't matter, this is much better than the lottery."
Tom admits that he didn't recognise many of the famous faces in the audience.
"I just walked in there and they were just people like myself."
Lisa explained: "He said, 'who's that Li'? I said: 'seriously, Jennifer Anniston'."