Wednesday 20 November 2019

Australian couple's wedding dream dashed after Irish competition fails to pay out €20k prize money

The couple entered the competition in the hope of winning a wedding in Ireland. (Stock photo)
The couple entered the competition in the hope of winning a wedding in Ireland. (Stock photo)

Ryan O'Rourke

A couple in Australia may have to give up their dream of moving to Ireland to get married after the “Win Our Wedding” competition has failed to pay out the €20,000 they were promised.

Peggy O’Callaghan and her fiancé Keith entered the competition in the hope of winning enough money for a wedding in Ireland.

“We planned to move to Ireland, and winning was fantastic because we could afford to do that,” Peggy told Liveline.

But after the competition has failed to pay out, their dream of relocating to Ireland seems no longer possible.

“Now we’re back to square one," said Peggy. "It seems more and more impossible.”

Peggy said that between the couples' friends and family, they had raised almost €8000.

The outpouring of generosity and support from their friends has made Peggy even more upset that there has been so sign of the prize.

“I know so many people have put in their savings and money they couldn’t even afford, they were so sure we were going to win," she said.

“It was unreal, the amount of support we had, which is even more devastating now that the money is gone.”

Peggy also said that the website encouraged friends and family to enter the competition.

“It said 'go have raffles and barbecues, get people involved and have fun with it'.”

Win Our Wedding encouraged families and friends to get involved by purchasing a total of raffle tickets for €25 each. Each ticket had a unique number that was sent to the purchaser.

Peggy's winning ticket was drawn but she has not received the prize money she was promised.

She now faces having to give up on her dream of getting married in Ireland.

“Moving back seems more and more impossible.”

Win Our Wedding's Facebook and Twitter accounts have been deleted and their website is now offline.

Independent.ie has reached out to Win Our Wedding for comment.

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