Sunday 15 September 2019

New-three bed home in popular tourist town being raffled for GAA club

Hopefuls queueing up to buy tickets
Hopefuls queueing up to buy tickets

Gregory Harkin

PUNTERS from around the globe are hoping to win a brand new Co Donegal home worth €200,000.

There has been a sure in sales from people hoping to get their hands on the keys to the three-bed Letterkenny property.

The St Eunan's GAA club is giving away a new €200,000 home in Letterkenny and gaels around the globe have gone online to make sure they have a chance of winning it.

Tickets have already been bought online throughout Ireland, Britain, across Europe as well as across the United States and Australia.

The new home - complete with solar panels - is situated in a new housing development at Rann Mór, a five minute walk from Letterkenny town centre.

The St Eunan's club in Letterkenny is running its tenth house giveaway with proceeds from the €100-a-ticket draw tomorrow night going towards developing their grounds in the town. The winner of the last house giveaway was Co Sligo native Justin Brett who bought his winning ticket online in 2017.

There were queues outside of a local estate agent's office on Saturday, which has become the club's headquarters for the weekend.

"The deadline for buying a ticket online is 9pm this evening," said Draw co-ordinator and local solicitor Ciaran Haran.

"We set up a dedicated website at gaahousedraw.com and sales of tickets there are coming in thick and fast. We have seen purchases from all over Ireland, across England and Scotland and also from New York, Boston, Chicago, Melbourne, Sydney and even one from Bangkok.

"If anyone wants to see where the Donegal diaspora is, they just have to look at where our tickets have been sold in the past few days. It's incredible. We even sold tickets in Brazil and Argentina a couple of weeks ago."

The draw takes place at Letterkenny's Mount Errigal Hotel tonight after the online sales site closes.

"We will be uploading the results on social media so that everyone who has bought a ticket locally in Donegal or around the world can log on to see if they've landed the big prize - a brand new 3-bedroom A-rated home in the heart of Letterkenny.

"We have some great runners-up prizes including a Med cruise too."

Club member and estate agent Brendan McGlynn, has his office open this Easter Sunday with club volunteers inside busy ensuring every online sale is printed off ready for tonight's draw. Physical ticket sales are available at the High Road premises until 6pm.

"The whole town across our two parishes in Letterkenny has come together because St Eunan's is at the heart of the community and people know any profits we make on ticket sales goes right back into the club. That's the GAA ethos," said Brendan.

"We've been humbled by the support we've had from GAA families across Ireland and around the globe. There are more than 30 clubs across Donegal and members of every single one of them have bought tickets. GAA people support GAA people."

The winner of the last draw - in 2017 - was Justin Brett. The County Sligo software developer bought two tickets online from his then home in London.

Tickets can be bought online for the 2019 draw up until 9pm today, Sunday on gaahousedraw.com

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