Marita Moloney
Marita Moloney

13.18 10 Jul 2021


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One lucky raffle-winner could have the chance of getting a foot on the property ladder for the small sum of just €23.

That is the price of the ticket to enter the draw to win a stunning four-bedroom home in Co Sligo which one man is giving away to raise funds for Pieta House.

Byron Callaghan, a member of the Bauer tech team, is raffling off his house on the Wild Atlantic Way in the hopes of donating €35,000 to the suicide prevention charity.

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The raffle winner will not only receive the free house, but also €10,000 in cash.

According to the competition organisers, the home offers ‘‘the perfect blend of calm and quiet, with endless possibilities of city life just minutes away.’’

The house in Sligo town offers people the chance to live near Knocknarea and Benbulben mountains and nearby beaches including Strandhill and Rosses Point.

It comes with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a large kitchen, dining room, sitting room, front and rear gardens, and its own driveway on a quiet cul-de-sac.

Stamp duty and legal fees are covered on the swelling which is only ten minutes from the beach and a short stroll into town.

sligo raffle The front of the house.

To ensure the draw is conducted safely and securely, a professional service Raffall.com will host the competition.

The company is based in the UK, and because of this, tickets are charged in sterling at a price of £20 (€23 each), with the winner chosen at random.

Speaking on Down to Business with Bobby Kerr, Mr Callaghan explained what motivated him to put his house up for raffle.

"I'm fortunate to own a house, and there's some of my friends who I look around at and they've saved up deposits, they've got mortgage approval, and they're being priced out of the market continually," he said.

"I said, let's do something different, let's tackle the market from a different angle, let's give away the house.

"People can buy tickets, they can go online to my website, or check out the social media channels as well, to get involved.

"The tickets are limited so that means the odds are really good.

"You win the house, you win €10,000 in cash, and we're trying to raise €35,000 for Pieta House as well."

sligo raffle The kitchen.

Mr Callaghan added that the chance of winning the house for £20 is a bargain, given its great location.

"It's an absolute steal at £20, but don't limit yourself to one ticket, the more the merrier," he said.

"It's on the edge of the town, a quiet cul-de-sac, a lovely four-bedroom house with gardens front and back.

"It's in Yeats county along the Wild Atlantic Way, we've got an unspoilt coastline there, we've got beaches upon beaches."

He acknowledged that while it would probably be easier to sell the house privately and donate the funds to Pieta, he is "very passionate about the idea of people living stress-free, mortgage-free" in his home.

sligo raffle The sitting room.

Mr Callaghan is aiming to sell around 20,000 tickets which would ensure that the house price covered, legal fees and Raffall are paid, advertising costs are covered, and that there is cash left over for Pieta House.

Pieta is "an amazing charity" that works 24 hours a day to help people, which is why he chose them for his fundraising initiative.

"If we've learned anything in the last 18 months it's that we need to look after our mental health, we need to look out for each other and the likes of this charity, that's what they're there for," he said.

"This money will go a long way to support their vital service."

You can enter the competition here. More information on the house and the competition can be found on Facebook and Instagram @winwestcoasthome, or on the website here.

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Main image: The four-bedroom house is located in Sligo, just a stone's throw from the Wild Atlantic Way.

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