THERE’S AN old Irish proverb that says: “Three things that can’t be taught: generosity, poetry and a singing voice.”
The Irish certainly have all three in abundance. After all, the Emerald Isle is home to any number of famous musicians and poets.
And when it comes to things like lottery wins, the Irish like to spread the love – and the wealth – as much as possible.
That innate Irish generosity and desire to support the ones we know and love has been highlighted once again with the news that the nine-strong syndicate who scooped a €175million Lotto fortune have decided to split their winnings 49 ways.
According to the Irish Mirror, the move will ensure that the nine winners’ children, grandchildren and extended family will pocket an astonishing €3.5million each.
The Rogers family, from Naul in North County Dublin, toasted their big money win at a pub in Duleek, County Meath.
It’s the largest sum ever won in Ireland and with the nine winners spread across Meath and North Dublin, living in the Naul, Ashbourne, Bellewstown and Duleek.
A source told the newspaper: “It’s very generous of them but they decided with such a massive sum of money it was the right thing to do.
“As it stood each member of the syndicate would have got close to €20million each, which they thought was far too much for one person, so they decided to spread it around.”
An announcement is expected today.