Lucky pig Glen won't be bringing home the bacon as RTE stops owner taking him on Winning Streak
A CASH-strapped father of six who was hoping to to take his lucky pet pig to RTE today had his request turned down -- for safety reasons.
Gerry Coyle is expected to appear on tonight's Winning Streak and told the Herald he's been "on the pig's back" since buying his new family pet six months ago.
Pot-bellied pig Glen has brought lots of luck since becoming part of the family in Newtowncunningham, Co Donegal.
The only downside to the family's luck is that RTE bosses say Glen cannot be a part of the audience on tonight's show.
"Many cultures believe pigs are lucky and our Glen has certainly been lucky for us," said Gerry.
"I've won a few competitions recently, and the odd game of cards and we all reckon our luck has turned. It's just a shame we can't take him along to the studio."
Wife Mary (40) and children Ciara (15), Aine (13), Erin (11), Caoimhe (7), Treasa (6) and four-year-old Seosamh joined 20 other family members and friends for the journey to Dublin today for the TV game show.
"Like a lot of families we are strugg-ling at the moment and we have debts like everyone else so whatever Gerry wins will be welcome," Mary told the Herald.
"We are very rich in that we have six brilliant children; we just don't have any money. I do honestly believe that Glen has brought some luck to us and we are very glad of it."
Gerry laughed: "I just hope I can bring home the bacon. And then we can rename the show Winning Streaky."
Among those in Dublin today are neighbours Stewart and Margaret McNutt. They won £10,000 and a camcorder on the show 21 years ago -- but the show was never broadcast because of a strike at RTE.
"I told them back then that we'd be back," said Margaret. "Only this time we will actually be on the TV."
Meanwhile, porky Glen is being looked after by friends at the family home though a little bit of him will be in the studio.
"I might just slip one of his hairs into my pocket for luck," said Gerry.