Buncrana woman Afke Barr had plenty of local supporters cheering her on as she won a cool €37,000 on Winning Streak last Saturday, just months after a fire almost destroyed her family business.
Afke’s Winning Streak appearance is a result of an unfortunate tragedy following a fire at her family’s business in Buncrana.
Akfe, who is originally from the Netherlands. is married to John Barr of the ‘John Barr’ Drapery store which burnt down last February. Thanks to help from the Buncrana community, the business shortly reopened at another premises and a good luck card containing a lucky Winning Streak ticket was the one which was pulled out by Winning Streak presenters Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy two weeks ago.
There was an outpouring of emotion from all in Buncrana who were delighted to see Afke being called to appear on the show and she has had incredible support from the entire community who were cheering for her in living rooms across the town last Saturday.
The Dutch native celebrated her luck on the popular TV gameshow as she won an electric car (Renault Zoe) worth €25,000 on the very first game. She went on to scoop a further €12,000 in cash from the show.
Afke was surrounded by her close friends and neighbours in the RTÉ studios on Saturday evening and was delighted with her family’s change of luck following the fire.
Winning Streak will take a week’s break due to RTÉ Eurovision coverage and will return to RTÉ One on Saturday 25th May where five more players from all over Ireland will get the chance to play for huge cash sums, holidays and cars.