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‘It’s a dream come true’


DOUBLE CHECKING MC Henry McGlade and Westport and Mayo GAA star Eoghan McLaughlain check the winning ticket number of the Win a House in Westport 2 raffle.

Draw held by Westport GAA another big success

Oisín McGovern

0401 Lorraine-ni-ghairbhith 1000LIMERICK woman Lorraine Ní Gháirbhith has become the proud owner of a home by the sea after winning Westport GAA’s coveted Win A House In Westport 2 Draw.
Lorraine (pictured), who lives and works in Dublin as a lecturer in DCU, said that winning the four-bedroom house on the West Road was ‘a dream come true’.
She was among the 9,883 entrants into Westport GAA’s second ‘Win A House In Westport’ draw, which the club described as ‘a marvellous success’.
Lorraine purchased her ticket online after being inundated with Facebook ads for similar draws after she entered a raffle for a house in Clare.
After entering in hope rather than expectation, the Limerick native says winning the incredible prize has opened a world of opportunities for her.
“My dream come true would be to live by the sea in the west. This is why it’s quiet unreal,” she said.
“It literally feels that a door has been opened to the universe and I’ve been just presented with this quantum field that everything is possible. I can’t get my mind around it,” she said.
“I feel everything is possible. I feel so buoyant, abundant and grateful. It’s amazing, a phenomenal experience.”
Having previously visited the area on holidays, Lorraine is now seriously contemplating a move to the west after struggling to purchase a home in Dublin in recent times.
Currently renting in the capital, Lorraine compared her win to a kind of ‘divine intervention’.
“I don’t know what’s possible, but at the moment I believe absolutely everything is possible,” said Lorraine, who lectures in the teaching of the Irish language.
“At the moment it is like magic dust has been sprinkled on me. I’m just so grateful and blown away.”
The draw went of live on the Westport GAA Facebook page, hosted by MC Henry McGlade, and the winning ticket was pulled by Westport and Mayo GAA star, Eoghan McLaughlin.
Westport GAA club chairman Charlie Lambert said: “Everyone’s support is greatly appreciated as we further develop our facilities to meet the demand of our members as one of the fastest growing GAA clubs in Connacht.”
The second Win A House In Westport fundraiser was spearheaded by a team consisting of Danny McLaughlin, Charlie Lambert, Chris McGowan, Ann Baynes, Paddy Reynolds, Seamus Moran, Patrick Reilly, Paul Gannon and Helen Gannon.
The €325,000 four bedroomed semi-detached home, located in the Sli na Misean development on the West Road, was sponsored by the Sli na Misean Building Contractor, Eamon and Geraldine Padden of the Broadhaven Bay Hotel in Belmullet.
Of the other nine prize winners in last Sunday’s draw, three were from Mayo, one from Galway, one from Cavan, one from Dublin, one from Kerry, one from Kildare, while one was from France.
While the final tally raised from the draw has not yet been announced, it is estimated that it could be in the region of €450,000. With the club having commenced its new facility expansion, on the Golf Course Road, Project Lead Danny McLaughlin hopes that the money will now be put to good use.
“We received planning permission for our new pitch facility in Q1 2021 and commenced the earthworks in Q3. Our plan is to commence construction of a new Croke Park size pitch in the spring of 2022 with a target of having a few exhibition matches on a day in September 2022. Spring of 2023 is the target to have the pitch available to all sections of the club to play on,” said Mr McLaughlin.

The full list of prize winners is as follows:
1st prize 4 bedroomed house, sponsor, Broadhaven Bay Hotel, Lorraine Ni Ghairbhith, Limerick
2nd prize €5,000, sponsor The Castlecourt Hotel, Michael Kiernan, France
3rd prize €3,000, sponsor, PortWest, Evan Ralph, Mayo
4th prize €1,000, sponsor, Hastings Insurance, Tim Moriarty, Kerry.
5th prize €1,000, sponsor, SuperValu, Maura and Rosaleen Gannon, Mayo
6th prize €1,000, sponsor, Knockranny House Hotel, Komalta Nayeck, Kildare
7th prize €1,000, sponsor, Carraig Donn, Dan Fox, Cavan
8th prize €1,000, sponsor, The Helm, Maeve O’Connell, Co. Galway
9th prize €1,000, sponsor, Jim Hogan Couriers, Anthony Scahill, Dublin
10th prize €1,000, sponsor, Electric Skyline, Keith Walsh, Mayo