Mary Dinnegan from Ballymahon in Co. Longford was the big winner in the Club Rossie ‘Win A Home In London’ Draw, which raised a whopping €906,500 for Roscommon GAA.
The Longford woman won top prize, a Ballymore apartment in London City Island worth £695,000. The draw, which was first launched in December 2019, was held on Wednesday, 30th of December 2020 and independently observed by PricewaterhouseCoopers and broadcast live on Facebook.
Brian Carroll, Chairperson of Roscommon GAA said: “Congratulations to Mary Dinnegan on winning this year’s incredible top prize of a luxury home in London. Thank you, and all our entrants, for supporting Roscommon GAA.
“This is a fantastic result for Roscommon GAA. Delivering over €906,000 profit to Roscommon GAA in the middle of a global pandemic is a massive credit to our Club Rossie team. Our previous house draw in 2018 which netted over €943k put our finances in a robust position. This draw is another boost to our balance sheet and will support the development the Dermot Earley Centre of Participation and upgrade of Dr. Hyde Park.
“On behalf of everyone at Roscommon GAA, I would like to sincerely thank everyone who supported this fundraiser. I would also would like to thank our fundraising team, Club Rossie, for their stellar work. I’d also like to acknowledge the unrelenting support of Sean Mulryan and the Ballymore team, without whom none of this would have been possible”.
A gross €2,161,500 was raised, with the following costs: Discounted purchase of apartment: €635,000; Marketing investment: €246,000; Charity partner contributions: €45,000; Online payment costs: €39,000; Cash prizes for draw: €20,000; GB refunds: €270,000.
Following this investment, Roscommon GAA retain a profit of €906,500.
The charity partner contributions include a €35,000 donation to the London Irish Centre in Camden and a €10,000 to the Mayo-Roscommon Hospice.
Ahead of the draw, Club Rossie apologised to entrants from Great Britain who had to be excluded from the draw following direction from the UK Gambling Commission. Full refunds will be provided to those entrants.
A statement from the organisers also thanked CEO Seán Mulryan and the Ballymore Group for their support over many years.
There was also praise for the voluntary Club Rossie team, which has raised €3.5 million over the past seven years including €943,000 in the 2018 Win A House In Dublin Draw.