Twelve months after the successful Win A House in Dublin project, which grossed €1.4 million and netted Roscommon GAA €943,000, Club Rossie is embarking on another ambitious fundraising adventure, which looks set to give the finances of Roscommon County Board another major boost.
The money raised from “Win A Home in London”, which was launched on Monday, will be used to fund the re-development of Dr. Hyde Park and the development of the Dermot Earley Centre of Excellence.
The fundraising initiative will see one lucky winner becoming the owner of a two-bedroom apartment worth €815,000 (£695,000) in one of London’s most culturally rich new neighbourhoods — London City Island — being developed by one of Roscommon GAA’s main sponsors Ballymore.
Dubbed a “mini-Manhattan”, London City Island is situated a stone’s throw from Canary Wharf, and is home to some of the UK’s most important cultural institutions, including English National Ballet, London Film School and several leading art galleries. Widely recognised as an emerging new cultural hub for London, the award-winning development also comprises 1,706 new homes, restaurants, cafes, and, when complete, office space and a rooftop games pitch.
“I am very pleased to be able to support the fundraiser, which will raise vital money for the redevelopment of Dr. Hyde Park and the development of the Dermot Earley Centre of Excellence in Roscommon. I wish all of the participants the best of luck,” said Seán Mulryan, Group Chief Executive of Ballymore.
Club Rossie Chairperson, Pat Compton, recalled that the Win A House in Dublin project had made “an incredible impact” on Roscommon GAA and he hoped that the Win A Home in London initiative would continue to leave Roscommon GAA’s finances in a “strong position.”
Commercial Director of Roscommon GAA, Aidan Brady, revealed that the success of Win A House in Dublin alongside the “amazing support” of Seán Mulryan and Ballymore encouraged the running of another fundraiser “with a twist”, ensuring that the “future generations of Roscommon GAA will be debt free and have a sporting grounds and centre of excellence that they can be proud of”.
Roscommon GAA Chairperson Seamus Sweeney added that the idea for a second major fundraiser had been mooted to give all teams in the county the best opportunities to compete in the future.
“It requires huge financial backing. The recent efforts of our volunteers to raise vital funds have been just remarkable and their commitment to see these two major projects underway is hugely admirable. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Seán Mulryan who has been an incredible supporter of Roscommon GAA for many decades,” he explained.
The winner will be unveiled on Sunday, May 10th, 2020, a week after Roscommon commence the defence of their Connacht Senior Football Championship title against London in Ruislip.