The lucky winner of the holiday cottage, located outside Foxford, secured in a charity raffle last Saturday night is due to pick up the keys of their new home today.
The couple who put the holiday home up for raffle, in an effort to raise funds for healthcare workers, raised close to €1 million in the process. They described the level of interest in the effort as “unreal”.
They are a Canada-based Irish couple, who are both Covid-19 survivors, and decided in June to raffle their Mayo house because they wanted to give something back after surviving the virus.
The decision to raise money for healthcare support workers sprang from a combination of their own recent experience of the virus, seeing friends and family around them affected by cancer, and a lifelong belief that support staff in hospitals do not get the recognition they deserve.
The tickets cost €10 and the money rolled in for weeks and quickly surpassed the couple’s initial target of €250,000.
The 150-year-old cottage, on the Mayo side of the Ox Mountains, had been placed on the market through local agent CK Auctioneers earlier this year and attracted offers of up to €90,000.
A spokesperson for CK Auctioneers told Midwest News today that the winner of the cottage, a Dublin based woman, was on holidays in Cork when she got the news on Saturday night last.
Under GDPR the auctioneers are awaiting permission from the winner to publish the winner’s name, but she is due to pick up the keys of her new holiday home today from the offices of CK Auctioneers in Ballina.