Minister Moran Congratulates The Newgrange Winter Solstice Lottery Winner
Mr. Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, TD, Minister of State at the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief (OPW) today congratulated the lucky winners in the Winter Solstice Lottery Draw for 2017. 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 over 32,522 entries were received from Ireland and locations around the globe to experience the winter Solstice event at Newgrange.
Sixty lucky winners were drawn out by the children of Donore, Knockcommon and Slane National Schools amid great excitement and hailed from locations near (15 of the 32 counties of Ireland) and from as far as France, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, Switzerland and United State 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 2017.
Speaking this morning, Minister Moran said, "I wish to thank the children from Donore, Knockcommon and Slane National Schools for their continued participation in the Winter Solstice Lottery. 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 207,000 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”.