Students launchWinter Solsticelottery
PUPILS of Donore, Knockcommon and Slane National Schools were on hand last week to pull the names of this year’s lucky winners in the Winter Solstice Lottery Draw for 2018.
The Winter Solstice Lottery draw takes place each year in the Brú na Boinne Visitor Centre at Newgrange to select those winners who will be provided with access into the Newgrange Chamber over the winter solstice period. This year 28,595 entries were received from Ireland and locations around the globe to experience the winter Solstice event at Newgrange.
60 lucky winners were drawn out by the children amid great excitement and will travel from locations near (14 of the 32 counties of Ireland) and from as far as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Spain and United States of America. The winning applicants, along with a guest, will have access to the Chamber on one of the days between 18 and 23 December 2018.
“I wish to thank the children from Donore, Knockcommon and Slane National Schools for their continued participation in the Winter Solstice Lottery,” said Deputy Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, TD, Minister of State at the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief (OPW).
“Every year, they have the hugely responsible task of drawing the lucky winners of the Winter Solstice Lottery and every year, the excitement never wanes as each winner and their location is announced. Newgrange and Brú na Boinne Visitor Centre combined attracted over 205,000 visitors last year and the variety of locations of the winners today is proof of the enduring significance that Newgrange has the world over. I have no doubt that each winner will be delighted with their good fortune and will truly appreciate this unique event”.
LEFT: Raquel Quilis, Tracey Harding and Nora Murray at the family day held in Stackallen school recently.