Athenry Community Council is adapting to the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions by launching an online version of its local lotto.
The Community Council lotto in Athenry is used to fund the upkeep of a number of community facilities, as well the ‘Athenry News & Views’ magazine.
Chairperson of Athenry Community Council, County Cllr Shelly Herterich Quinn said “When the lockdown was implemented everything came to an immediate halt. It was obvious to me something pressing had to be done.”
Matt Lawless of Clubforce had previously helped the local Monivea RFC go online, and it was to him that Cllr Quinn went to for advice on doing the same with the Athenry lottery.
Lotto envelopes will still be available from the usual outlets, however due to the current restrictions there will only be one collection point at The Shopping Basket on Church Street.
Envelopes can then be dropped back before 6pm on Thursday. The draw will subsequently take place electronically and all rules for the Jackpot, Match 3 and Lucky Dip remain the same.
“People have always enjoyed playing the lotto for a good cause and we are delighted to be able to bring the Community Council Lotto online and indeed international now.
“The committee of Athenry Community Council were very supportive of the idea and I want to thank long serving member Willie Killeen for his commitment to the lotto and his help in getting the ‘Online Lotto’ rolled out.”
The proceeds from the lottery are used to fund maintenance of:
- The Community Hall
- The Raheen Playing Fields
- The Town Park
- The Allotments at Knockaunglas
- The Handball Alley and the 1916 Commemorative Garden at Swangate