This month, one year ago, a ticket corresponding to the names of James & Aoife was pulled out the barrel in front of a packed room at the Carbury GAA clubhouse in North County Kildare. This young couple, the winners of the house worth €250,000, would remain oblivious to this life-changing news for two more days as they made their way home from a music festival – phones on silent!
This momentous event was the culmination of months hard work to set up and sell exactly 6000 €100 tickets for the chance to win a North Kildare House and to raise €300,000 for three local GAA clubs.
The North Kildare House in question was a four-bedroom semi-detached home in Cluain Dara Estate in Derrinturn, a village in North West County Kildare. The developer, Alder Homes (known at the time as Landport Estates), proposed the idea of using one of their new builds as the prize in a joint fundraising venture for three local GAA clubs. Alder Homes is a multi-generational home building business, run by the Finn Family, who have lived in Kildare all their lives. They have a personal connection to all three clubs and appreciate the laborious task of fundraising much-needed funds on an annual basis. Despite the excitement of being able to fundraise such a large amount of money, there was some trepidation at the enormity of the organisation and commitment required to pull it off.
In the end, however, it was a massive success. All tickets sold within three months and €300,000 in total funds were raised for three local GAA clubs. And of course, a life-changing result for the young couple who won the house.
No, to the cash, YES to living in a home, mortgage-free!
“We love living here. It’s just so close to everything,” is the first thing Aoife says. Aoife is a special-education teacher at a school in Celbridge, so getting to work is just a 30-minute drive via the M4. Partner James works for the army and travels all over Ireland: