Eugene Finn presents House Winners Aoife O’Malley and James Dooley with the keys
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 last week.
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Since their win, they have been working closely with builders Landport Estates, to finish the house to their specifications - choosing tiles, flooring and finishes.
"The house is finished to a really high standard and the builders thought about everything we could possibly need. We would like to thank Eugene, Robert and all the builders involved for helping us with everything, as you can imagine, it was a bit overwhelming," said Aoife.
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.
"We are still in shock about the win, and it really is life changing. We never thought it would happen to us. It’s the best €100 we ever spent. We are really enjoying making the house into our home," they said.
Landport Estates have recently launched the third phase of Cluain Dara Estate and Aoife and James’ house, number 44, is located within this phase of development.
Aoife added: "The house is finished to a really high standard and the builders thought about everything we could possibly need. The rooms are spacious and the house is really well designed. All the builders will help you out in any way they can."
The Win North Kildare House competition was launched and closed within three months. All 6,000 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 said: “The extended Finn family have lived locally in Kilcock and Cappagh since 1981 and have been involved in the local GAA clubs since this time. We’re delighted we could put forward the house at Cluain Dara and involve the Carbury club in this opportunity to raise a substantial amount of money for each club. We’re very much look forward to seeing all the future sports stars in the respective clubs benefiting from the developments the draw funds are providing.”
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.
"Derrinturn is perfect. The people in the community are very welcoming and friendly," said James.