PARADISE LOST OVER BAR BILL; Winner Sean Hits TV Show Friends with Tab at Party

The People (London, England), October 27, 2002 | Go to article overview

PARADISE LOST OVER BAR BILL; Winner Sean Hits TV Show Friends with Tab at Party


Byline: STEPHEN MAGUIRE

STARS of RTE's smash hit series Treasure Island have fallen out - over a bar tab!

A huge row has erupted after winner Sean O'Brien hit losing contestants with the tab for HIS victory party.

The Co Cork farmer scooped a whopping EUR50,000 after beating 15 other contestants during the gruelling TV contest.

The happy-go-lucky star was the toast of Ireland after almost a million viewers tuned in to see him survive as the longest surviving contestant on the island.

After he scooped the cash bonanza, curly-mop Sean promised he would throw the mother of all parties to celebrate his victory.

Last weekend he invited other contestants and their friends to a big bash at his home in Middleton to show there were no hard feelings.

However, some guests were shocked when they arrived to find Sean was charging them for their drinks and accommodation.

Fellow contestants claimed the farmer had even installed a CASH REGISTER at the farmhouse and charged EUR2 for a pint!

But worse was to come for the posse of gob-smacked celebrities.

They claim Sean also promised to have fellow contestants and friends put up for the weekend.

But some of the contestants were stunned when they discovered they were being charged EUR25 each to stay at local houses!

Some revealed that they didn't mind paying for their drinks.

But others have described the cash demands as the 'ultimate snub'.

Last night one of the Treasure Island stars, Jack McDaniel, said he was still gobsmacked at being asked to cough up at Sean's party.

Outraged bodybuilder Jack told The Irish People: "Sean had always been on about this big party he planned to throw after winning the contest.

"And I thought it was a nice gesture when he invited us all down to his house.

"We asked about accommodation and what to bring but he just said to bring a couple of friends and he would sort everything else out.

"When we arrived we were very impressed because he had a big marquee set up with beer taps and all.

"We had brought a few bottles down and put them down for everyone to share.

"But when we went to get some drinks we were told we had to pay for them like everyone else.

"We were so shocked that we just handed over the money.

"But later some of us were disgusted and let it be known exactly what they thought of Sean and his party.

"I mean in all honestly how much would it have cost him to look after us?

"We were the people who spent all that time on the island together. Man, we went through hell together.

"What would it have cost? It wouldn't have cost more than EUR500 for everything including the drink and the accommodation.

"And yet he couldn't even do that - I just think it's so sad that it's come to this," revealed Co Carlow man Jack, 31.

However, Sean has hit back in a furious war of words, saying that Jack is only raging because of his success.

"If that's the way he feels about it then so be it. Everyone else at the party enjoyed themselves. He's just pathetic.

"I will admit that there was a mix-up over the accommodation and I had planned to pay for their stay.

"I had never planned to give everyone free drink - not even the other contestants.

"I spent a fortune on organising that party including hiring a marquee, a DJ, providing food and even drink at cost price.

"Jack can say what he likes but people will see him for what he is - a sad whinger," blasted Sean.

The other contestants who turned up for Sean's victory party included Damian, Winston, Ann, Dave, Annette and Bee. …

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