The lucky winner of the holiday cottage, located outside Foxford, secured in a charity raffle last Saturday night picked up the keys to her new home this afternoon in Ballina and is on her way to see her prize this evening.

Michele Hallahan lives in Dublin and was in a remote area of county Cork on holidays over the weekend when she became aware of her success, in what has turned out to be a very successful raffle.

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.

There was great excitement and celebrations this afternoon at CK Auctioneers in Ballina when Michele arrived to pick up the keys.

She spoke to Midwest News from the Ballina office of CK Auctioneers a short while ago

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