Poland-bound Cronins prove dreams come true

As Irish fans strip out campervans and minibuses to pack as many Poland-bound passengers, one Cork family will be following Trap’s Army in luxury.

The Cronins from Glanmire came top of the pile of more than 1,700 entries for a campervan holiday with SuperValu.

It would be one thing to win a campervan trip to Poland, but this prize comes with quite a few perks even before Euro 2012 gets underway.

Alan and Carine Cronin and children Patrick, 14, Conor, 11, and Niamh, 9, fly to Paris tomorrow to spend a few days in Eurodisney. They will then pick up a state-of-the-art campervan and make their way to Berlin for June 8.

While in Germany, they will enjoy a few days relaxation in Europe’s largest waterpark and a stop at the Chocolate Factory in Cologne.

This is all before they travel to Poznan and Gdansk for the main event of Ireland taking on Croatia and Spain.

Speaking to the Irish Examiner, Carine Cronin said tears of joy were shed when the family found out they were the winners.

“It was fantastic, it really is a trip of a lifetime,” she said. “My sons are big into following Ireland and we really have them to thank for winning the prize. They enjoy making videos so they entered one, and it was done through a dream sequence. Two weeks ago, we found out we were shortlisted and, last week, we were told we won it. It’s just fantastic and only for the boys we wouldn’t be going anywhere.”

Alan said the holiday would be something that he, his wife and children would remember for the rest of their lives.

“We were listening in when Packie Bonner was on air talking about Ireland’s prospects at the championships and then when they called to tell us we had won, it was like a dream come true,” he said. “We’re ecstatic and are just counting down the days until we set off. It will be a trip the whole family will remember for the rest of our lives.”


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