Roscommon GAA netted close to €1m – €943,400 to be precise – from the recent Club Rossie Win a House in Dublin fundraiser. The draw, which saw Lucan man Kumar Gangah win first prize of a €425,000 house in Ashtown, Dublin, took place last Sunday night in the Hodson Bay Hotel.
The cost of running the event was €460,000, which comprised of the cost of the house at €350,000, stamp duty, legal fees and advertising. The profit from ticket sales of over 14,000 will go towards the strategic plan of Roscommon GAA including the development of the Dermot Earley Centre of Excellence and work on Dr. Hyde Park.
David O’Connor, Treasurer of Roscommon GAA County Board and founder of Club Rossie, said that running the finances in a county like Roscommon is challenging but that the County Board had big ambitions.
“We want all our players to be the best they can be on the field and we need to develop the Dermot Earley Centre of Excellence for all the players, both men and women, in Roscommon. This fundraiser will make a tremendous difference and we’d like to particularly thank Sean Mulryan of Ballymore Properties who has been exceptionally generous to Roscommon for many many years”.
Pat Compton, Chairperson of Club Rossie, said the campaign, which lasted 111 days, brought fundraising in the county to “new levels”. He praised the hard-working committee.
“We were delighted to be able to donate €10,000 to the Mayo/Roscommon Hospice as part of the campaign. The Club Rossie team are all volunteers who don’t receive expenses or payments for their work. They are a pleasure to deal with and just get on with the job”.
Aidan Brady, project manager of the venture, said the campaign to raise over €1,400,000 was based on running a comprehensive sales and marketing effort which included out of home advertising as well as executing a very significant digital advertising campaign across social platforms.
Finally, Chairperson of Roscommon GAA Seamus Sweeney commented: “This is a game-changer for Roscommon GAA financially. It sets us up for the future and I’d like to pay tribute to the Club Rossie team who since their launch in 2014 have professionalised fundraising in Roscommon and made an exceptional contribution to the county”.
The big winners…
1st prize (€425,000 house in Ashtown, Dublin): Kumar Gangah, Lucan, Co. Dublin.
2nd prize (€5,000): Maire Allen, Co. Roscommon.
3rd prize (A Mediterranean Cruise, in association with Brady Travel, Carrick-on-Shannon): Michael Dinlly and Larry Kinahan, Co. Kildare.
4th prize (49 Ultra HD 4K LG TV, in association with King & Moffatt Euronics Electrical Store, Carrick-on-Shannon): Ruth Kelly, Co. Roscommon.
5th prize (Two-night hotel break, in association with the Hodson Bay Hotel Group): Francis Finneran, Co. Roscommon.
6th prize (Two-night hotel break, in association with The Twelve Hotel, Barna, Co. Galway): Linda McCauley, Co. Dublin.
7th prize (A pair of All-Ireland Senior Football Final tickets): Paul Kearns, Sligo.
8th prize (A pair of All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final tickets): Tom McGuire, Co. Dublin.