“The phone is ringing off the hook”

As featured on Independent.ie, August 14th 2018 

There has been a huge reaction at the announcement of our raffle for a house worth €400,000

Members of the organising committee have been inundated with calls from people begging to buy tickets before they even go on sale.

Patrick ‘Pappy’ Frawley, (53), juvenile chair of the St Patrick’s Kilcoole GAA club in the village, said the phone has been ringing off the hook since Independent.ie ran a story on Monday about the joint fundraising drive between it and ‘rival’ club St Anthony’s Kilcoole United FC.

Not only have both clubs been inundated with calls over the past two days, even nearby St Patrick’s GAA club in Wicklow town – which is not involved in the raffle –  has been kept hopping by callers desperate to get their hands on the limited number of raffle tickets that will go on sale later this month for €105 each.

One man in his 60s even jumped in his car and drove approximately 100 kms from his home in Co Meath to the Kilcoole GAA clubhouse “begging to buy a ticket,” Mr Frawley says.

Initially, Mr Frawley and St Anthony’s club chair Jeffrey Doyle were worried they would have to sell at least 4,000 tickets in order to break even to purchase the property.

A total of 10,000 tickets – which will net the clubs over a cool million if all are sold – will be allocated.

But judging by the phenomenal response, Mr Frawley said he wouldn’t be surprised if the website where punters can buy the tickets crashes after it goes live on August 24.

“We’re praying the website doesn’t crash,” he said.

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