A dream cottage in Ireland is being raffled by two Covid-19 patients to raise money for health care in Ireland. The owners say they both had the virus and were lucky to survive.
Their experience left them full of admiration for the health care staff who looked after them. They write: “It took enormous courage to do what these front-liners did everyday, going in to work, knowing they could be infected at any time.
“We want to acknowledge what they did, and the money raised is simply a gesture, they can never be thanked enough for supporting the people and the country in its time of need. Other people in other countries did similar work.
Tickets cost €10 – about $11 or £9. The money will be administered and managed by accountant John O’Sullivan in Dublin.
The owners, who haven’t been named, have written this description of the cottage and the local area:
“The cottage is near Foxford, Co. Mayo. Mayo is in the West of Ireland and is world famous for its fishing. The cottage is on the raised bank of the Yellow River. Yes, there is a Yellow River in Mayo too! The river flows down and joins the River Moy. The River Moy is where the Salmon give rise to excitement in anglers the world over. The Moy is world famous for Salmon fishing.
“The Yellow River has brown trout in abundance and a Salmon will often come up to check out the river, it could be your lucky day!
“The cottage is located in a beautiful location, nestled under the Ox Mountains. The neighbours are the kind of people you would want for neighbours wherever you live. If you are into remote working, the cottage has Internet and satellite TV if that is your thing. It has mains water and electricity. As most people use cellphones, we never installed a landline but it is available down the lane from the cottage.
“There is a stove in the cottage and the winner will have rights to go and cut their own turf in a communal bogland. The turf can be used to fuel the stove. Turf is also known as peat. When you are burning peat, it scents the air outside with an aroma that is distinctly irish. There is also background heating to keep the cottage warm and dry over the winter.
“There are several outhouses, newly roofed and the property has two paved patio areas, front and rear. When mains water became available, we no longer needed the pump house and have converted it to a meditation pod. It can fit two, if you know each other well. The only sound, is occasional birdsong sitting on the hum of the river passing by.
“The pod has electricity. The cottage has basic furniture, electric stove, fridge and complete range of cooking implements and tableware. Just arrive…
“It is a wonderful area and full of history. The village of Foxford is minutes away by car and is famous for the Foxford Woollen Mills.
“Swinford is the nearest town and it has stores with everything you might need and much much more. The Irish National Train Service – Iarnrod Eireann – services Swinford.
“The nearest airport is Knock International Airport, thirty minutes away from the cottage. Shannon Airport is also an option, as is Dublin Airport.”
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