Winning Streak months after family business heartbreak

A Dutch woman, who has been living in Donegal for more than 30 years, will become the latest local person to make an appearance on Winning Streak this Saturday just months after a fire almost destroyed her family business.

Afke Barr from Buncrana is originally from the Freisland in the Netherlands but has lived in Ireland for 33 years. Afke moved to Ireland and at first spent time travelling around the country. She met her husband John in Listowel at the All Ireland Fleadh and got married in the years that followed. The pair now have two daughters in their twenties, Caoimhe and Orla.

Afke’s Winning Streak appearance is a result of an unfortunate tragedy following a fire at their business premises in Buncrana which saw the ‘John Barr’ Drapery store burn 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 presenters Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy.


There was an outpouring of emotion from all in Buncrana who were delighted to see Afke Barr being called to appear on the show and she has had incredible support from the entire community who wish her all the best.

Afke will be surrounded by her close friends and neighbours in the RTÉ studios on Saturday evening and she hopes that her family’s luck following the fire is about to change with a big win.

The show will be broadcast this Saturday evening at 8.30pm on RTÉ One. The show features games such as Play or Pay, Roll for Riches, WinFall and Electric Dream – where one player will win an electric car worth €25,000.

As ever one of the lucky five players will get the chance to spin the wheel and win up to €500,000. Throughout this series a €100,000 segment will be added to the iconic Grand Prize Wheel every show if less than that was won in the previous show, improving players chances to win a massive prize.



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