LAST Sunday was a day to remember for long-serving Ballintubber footballer Alan Plunkett. Late on Saturday night, the Moorehall native was part of a family syndicate, together with brother Michael and sister Kelley, who scooped €5,200 in the Ballintubber GAA Club Lotto.
Then on Sunday morning, Alan’s wife, Clare, gave birth to their first child, a baby girl, before Alan dashed to Enniscrone, where he lined out for Ballintubber in the Connacht club championship!
“Clare was well overdue, and in labour for quite a while, so we’re absolutely delighted that everything went well,” Alan told The Mayo News last night (Monday). “We were obviously in the hospital when the news came through about winning the Ballintubber GAA Lotto, but we had bigger things on our mind at the time to be honest!
“Clare gave birth at 9.47am on Sunday morning to our little girl, Beth.
“I have to say, the staff in Mayo University Hospital were brilliant,” he added. “They knew I had a match to go to, so they told me to head away an hour or so after Beth arrived.
“I headed out to the home house in Moorehall for the breakfast and a shower, and we were on the road to Enniscrone at 11.30am,” said Alan, a four-time Mayo SFC medal winner.
“I suppose you could say the adrenalin kept me going! We knew it was going to be a dogfight up in Sligo in the conditions, against a well-drilled Tourlestrane team, but thankfully we got the job done, and we’re off now to Carrick’ next Sunday to play Aughawillan.”