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Irish Couple Scoops Apartment in Bulgaria's Bansko in Top Show

Source: Sofia News Agency (
Published Date: 09 Feb 2006

A EUR 105,000 penthouse apartment in Bulgaria's winter resort of Bansko turned out to be the most fabulous giveaway in a popular Irish television show.

Olivia Joyce from Kilmeena and David Timlin from Knockmore were all smiles as they walked away with the big prize on RTE's flagship television programme, The Late Late Show, The Mayo News commented.

The couple came through a very tense and exciting thread the needle' finale after having been picked out from 25 other couples who had qualified for the final.

"I can't believe it, I never win anything, but after this we will definitely be able to go on our dream ski holiday," stated an obviously jubilant Olivia.

The penthouse apartment in Bansko, the most fabulous giveaway on The Late Late Show during its 44-year history, is due for completion in 2007, The Mayo News says.

In winter, Bansko is a picturesque ski resort that is nestled in the midst of three beautiful mountains ranges. The area is renowned for the stunning scenery of the Pirin National Park, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bansko is also the youngest and the best-developed ski resort in Bulgaria and at present is a candidate for the 2014 Winter Olympics.