Winners of the Win North Kildare House Competition, Aoife O’Malley and James Dooley, were handed the keys to their beautiful new four bedroom house in Cluain Dara Estate, Derrinturn, Co. Kildare, last week. Since their win, they have been working closely with builders Landport Estates, to finish the house to their specifications – choosing tiles, flooring and finishes. Aoife commented on the process:
The Celbridge based couple were within the first 100 people to buy a ticket when the competition was launched in February 2019. Aoife said she had forgotten she’d even bought the ticket when the competition committee informed her of the win. It took a couple of days to get a hold of the couple, who had been at a weekend festival, to tell them the fantastic news that they had won a house for a €100.
One of the more successful “Win A House” competitions in Ireland, the Win North Kildare House competition was launched and closed within 3 months. All 6000 tickets sold and the three County Kildare based GAA clubs collectively raised €300,000. The three rival clubs, Carbury GAA, Kilcock GAA and Cappagh GAA came together to run the “Win a House” competition and raise vital funds for club development. The stunning four bedroom semi-detached house, was put forward by the Finn Family who operate Landport Estates. The Finn family have lived in the local area for decades and have connections to all three clubs. Eugene Finn:
The competition was unusual that it offered a cash prize alternative of €250,000. However, the competition organisers were delighted to discover that Aoife and James had no intention of claiming the cash and wanted to move into the house as soon as possible.
Aoife and James have now settled into their brand new house and love the surrounding area. Cluain Dara Estate, Derrinturn is located approximately 30 miles from Dublin nestled between Edenderry and Access to the M4 at Enfield. James says of the locality: