Monday, October 18, 2021

A mortgage-free house in Dungarvan, €5,000 and a Hyundai IX35: all this will be won by the lucky winner of an online raffle, with tickets for the draw available until December 15.

Nire native Conor Ryan, who has put his house up for raffle in addition to the two other prizes, told the Waterford News & Star he had a two-fold reason for doing so.

“Well, I wanted to give someone the opportunity to own their own home without the burden of a mortgage,” said Conor (45).

“We all know how tough a lot of people are finding when it comes to saving for a house at the moment, never mind actually buying one so that was one motivation of mine. And what the person or persons who win the house does with it once they win is completely up to them: they might choose to live in it or rent it. It’s in a great location in Dungarvan, you’re only a few minutes from Clonea Strand and the Greenway and sure the Comeraghs and Knockmealdowns are pretty much either side of you. The town itself has never looked better and it’s a great place to live; we’re giving Kinsale a run for its money now!”

Incidentally, a single entry for the raffle, which is being hosted by, is priced at €12 (UK£10) and at the time of writing, just over 2500 tickets had been sold. The property would fetch between €900 and €1100 a month if the ultimate winner opted for such an outcome.

Not only that, but Conor intends to donate 40 defibrillators across the country, with a GAA club in each county being presented with one.

“Out of the remaining eight defibs, there’ll be two in Dungarvan (in the town and at the start/end of the Waterford Greenway), two in Waterford City and one where I went to school so that’ll leave me with three,” he said.

“I’m going to ask people for suggestions as to where they’ll end up but I’m sure I won’t be stick for places to donate them to. I know it’d be a lot easier on me to just sell the house and be done with it between the shortage of properties, people wanting to get out of Dublin and then the amount of people working from home still because of the pandemic but if I’d sold the house the normal way, I’d not end up with the money to buy and donate the defibs.”

Conor continued: “Not too far back, a very good friend of mine had a cardiac arrest and only survived due to the use of a defibrillator. And that really got me thinking about how we can get more defibrillators throughout communities – and a GAA Club, a place where you’d have a lot of people in and out of every week – felt like a logical place to have a machine like this.

“Look, there’s after being a few high-profile cardiac emergencies most of us have either seen or read about – Stephen Kenny when he was the Irish Under-21 manager up in Sweden (in 2019), Christian Eriksen during the European Championships and the supporter at the Newcastle/Spurs match (on Sunday). And sure nearly everyone in Waterford has an opinion about the Cath Lab situation at Ardkeen; it’s something we’re all aware of in some way. These emergencies can happen any time and any place – sometimes far away from an ambulance – and if a defibrillator is used within three minutes (of a cardiac emergency), the survival rate jumps from 6% to 74%. So my hope is that this small gesture will save lives into the future.”

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