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October 10, 2008

Save the Bogs Raffle Raises 8000 Euro to Restore Lodge Bog


The Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC) extends warm thanks to everyone who took part in this summer’s fundraising effort by buying or selling tickets in the Save the Bogs Annual Draw.

“We had a terrific response, raising over €8000 for our programme of restoration on Lodge Bog in Co. Kildare. I can’t remember the last time we had such an enthusiastic response” says Oscar Duggan, Supporter Care Manager at IPCC.

The proceeds from the draw will assist IPCC’s ongoing conservation work on Lodge Bog, adjacent to the Bog of Allen Nature Centre in Co. Kildare. The bog, which is accessible by boardwalk, is a major visitor attraction and local amenity as well as being used for an ‘outdoor classroom’ as part of IPCC education programme for schools etc.

Prizes in this year’s draw were sponsored or donated by businesses in Ireland and further afield. Ballymaloe Cookery School, Coca-Cola Bottlers Ireland, CJ Wildbird Foods Ltd, EirEnergy, Fota Wildlife Park, the Office of Public Works, Patagonia, Tullamore Court Hotel and Walker Books Ltd all generously contributed to make the draw a success.

The draw took place on Monday 6th October at IPCC’s head office at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre The tickets were drawn by IPCC volunteers Ariane Celeyron and Rachel Kempson. The winners were:

1st Prize:  Two Nights B&B and One Evening Meal at the Tullamore Court Hotel, Co Offaly – M. Startup, Bettystown, Co. Meath

2nd Prize: Afternoon Cookery Demonstration and Lunch for two at Ballymaloe Cookery School, Co. Cork – A.Hyde, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway

3rd Prize:  Stainless Steel Barbecue – H.S. Lidwill, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary

4th Prize: OPW Family Heritage Visitor Card – S.F. O’Sullivan, Castletownbere, Co. Cork

5th Prize: Family Day Pass to Fota Wildlife Park, Co. Cork - E. Brennan, Stonepark, Longford.

6th Prize: Premium Large Adventurer Feeder from CJ Wildbird Foods – C. Hatton, Kingswood Heights, Dublin 24

Runners-up Prizes: Ladies and Gents Fleece Jackets from Patagonia, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 – A. Kenneally, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford; J. Bergin, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary; E. & R. McHugh, Greystones, Co. Wicklow; P. Desmond, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Ticket Seller Prizes from Walker Books – L. Mongan, Castlebar, Co. Mayo; J. Curry, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford; B. Jacob, Sallins, Co. Kildare; V. Feehan, Glenageary, Co. Dublin; J. Fenton, Fairview, Dublin 3; C. Walker, Killygoan, Monaghan

Coca-Cola Bottlers Ireland and EirEnergy kindly sponsored the printing costs associated with the raffle.

If you would like to support next year’s Save the Bogs Draw (expected launch date is May 2009) by buying or selling raffle tickets, or if you would just like to be kept informed about IPCC’s fundraising activities, simply send your name and address details by e-mail to with the words ‘Mailing List’ in the subject heading.

If you or your company would like to donate a prize for future raffles (an unwanted gift perhaps?) you can do so by contactiing IPCC on 045 860133.