Stu­dents launch Win­ter Sol­stice lot­tery

Mid Louth Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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”.

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