Arklow home is crowned the 'Most Christmassy' in Ireland
Arklow couple Anthony and Arlette Doyle from Fernhill were overjoyed to have their home named as 'Ireland's Most Christmassy Home 2019'.
The nationwide competition hosted by Energia took entries from festive-themed property owners across the country but the Arklow couple beat off stiff competition to take the overall title and a cheque for €3,000 to be donated to their chosen charity.
'We have been entering for the three years,' said a delighted Anthony, or Aidy as he is known in his hometown.
'We came sixth the first year, then fourth and we are just thrilled to win the overall award this year,' he said.
Anthony and Arlette have become well-known in Arklow for their attention to detail when decorating their home for the season.
It is covered in festive lights and Christmas displays and they have themed music playing each evening. They have opened up their home to the community and used it as a way of raising funds for local charities.
'We used to run it just for the Arklow Community First Responders, who came to my son's aid before he passed away. This year, we also wanted to support the great work of the Arklow RNLI, so we will be splitting the prize money equally between both,' Anthony said.
'The €3,000 win will be added to our collection money and, at the end of the month, we hope to be able to donate another €1,000 to each cause,' he said.
Anthony said that he could not have won the competition without the support of his local town and county.
'We want to thank everyone who voted for us. We appreciate it so much. We are so happy to be helping these charities and bringing a bit of Christmas cheer to the town at the same time. We also want to thank the local media, including the Wicklow People for all their support,' Anthony said.
Anthony and Arlette accepted the cheque from Energia representatives in recent days.