Jackpot winner in Mulligan’s almost stumbles at the first fence

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A neighbour of Mulligan’s, Edward Dwyer, who was friendly with James Mulligan. The negative from which this photograph is reproduced was found among papers on the Mulligan’s premises in 2014.

In 1938, Mulligan’s brought some luck to one of its neighbours, Edward Dwyer, a dairyman who operated at Number 7 Poolbeg Street beside Mulligan’s.

Headlines from the Irish Press, 27 October, 1938
Headline from the Irish Press, 27 October, 1938

Dwyer was among four Irish winners of the Irish Sweepstake in 1938. He won £3,000.

Edward Dwyer, centre, receiving his prize. This grainy photograph is from the Irish Independent, 28 October, 1938.
Edward Dwyer, centre, receiving his prize. This grainy photograph is from the Irish Independent, 28 October, 1938.

The broadcast of the Cesarewitch from Newmarket, the result of which decided the Sweepstake winners, was not without its drama.

Section of news report telling of how Sweepstake tick-et holder crowded around the radio in Mulligan's bar to hear the result. Irish Independent, 28 October, 1938.
Section of news report telling of how Sweepstake tick-et holder crowded around the radio in Mulligan’s bar to hear the result. Irish Independent, 28 October, 1938.

The radio at number 8 Poolbeg Street, Mulligan’s bar, around which the prospective ticket-holders had gathered, went dead.

An electrician was called and, having worked feverishly, he managed to bring the set to life again just in time for the winner to be announced.

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