A worthy winner: Independent.ie reader 'over the moon' to win All-Ireland final tickets
Published 19/09/2015 | 14:13
The winner of the country's last two tickets for tomorrow's All-Ireland clash used his love of the GAA for a more-than-worthy cause.
Gary Kinsella, from Coolock, Dublin said he was 'over the moon' to win the Independent.ie tickets for the Dublin and Kerry final.
Gary's submission for the competition was a photograph of him standing beside a signed Dublin jersey in Dublin Airport.
He wrote alongside the photograph: "Here's a picture of me with one of our collection of all 32 county jerseys signed by every player in the country, me and my brother collected and auctioned off for charity and now they hang proudly in Dublin Airport beside our names for everyone who enters this wonderful country to enjoy!"
The lucky winner described how the trip around Ireland was a campaign to raise money for suicide awareness.
Gary's brother died by suicide a few years ago, so himself and his brother started a major fundraising drive which saw them travel the length and breadth of the country in a bid to gather county players' signatures.
"My brother was a major GAA fan so we collected the jerseys and got them all signed to raise money for Pieta House," he told Independent.ie
"It took us seven months to get the whole collection sorted, it was a bit stressful but it was a great adventure."
Their adventure raised a whopping €14,000 for Pieta House.
Gary said he was 'delighted' to pick up the Hogan Stand tickets this evening.
"I'm delighted, I still hadn't got my hands on some tickets so I couldn't believe it when I got the email," he said.
"I'm over the moon. And I'm bringing the brother so he's over the moon too.
Independent.ie received hundreds of entries for the competition which were whittled down to a shortlist of five photographs shortly before 11am this morning. The winner's name was drawn from the hat at 11am.