St Mary’s, Convoy, for the third year in-a-row, are the top sellers of the GAA National draw ticket in the country.
The East Donegal club are the only club in the whole of Ireland to sell their full quota of 2,000 tickets which netted the club €21,000 made up of €20,000 from ticket sales and a reward of €1,000 for being the top seller.
“It is a no brainer really and I don’t know how other clubs don’t put in a bigger effort,” said St Mary’s chairman Oliver Prunty.
“The GAA supply the tickets and put up the prizes and the club keeps all the income from the ticket sales; it is a win win all the way for the club.
“This is our third year to top the sales; well in fact we shared the top spot last year with MacCumhaills but for the year before and this year we are top on our own.”
St Mary’s also add in their own cash prize fund of €1,000 made up of €500, €200 and three €100s.
“We decided to add our own cash prize the second year because we did not have any prize winners either at county or national level.”
The club put in a big effort for four weeks every year and knock at literally every door in the parish.
“It takes a huge effort for four weeks but it is worth it and being honest it was really rough going the first year but since the GAA have added a car as the first prize the people are waiting for us.
“It is a nice tidy sum at the start of every year and pays for all of the clubs fees, insurance and levies.”
Aodh Ruadh, Ballyshannon, who added a local prize draw this year for the first time, were not far behind in sales and also had three county prizewinners.
The full list of Donegal winners were: 1st,€1,000 - Tommy Gamble, St. Johnston (St. Mary's Convoy); 2nd,€500 - Patricia O'Reilly, Ballinfull, Sligo (Aodh Ruadh) and 3rd, €500 James Weedall, Ballintra (Aodh Ruadh). The following are the €100 prize winners - Pat Melly, Ballyshannon (Aodh Ruadh), Katie Kelly Slevin, Barnesmore, Donegal (MacCumhaills); Connell McGrenra, Woodside, Carndonagh (Carndonagh); John Duffy, Ballyare (Termon), James Beirne, 56 Admiran Park, Stranorlar (MacCumhaills).