Laois village hoping for big weekend as EuroMillions fundraiser gets underway

Funds raised will help create a community hub

Conor Ganly


Conor Ganly



Shanahoe Ladies Football Club members working on the hall this summer

It's a big weekend for the community of Shanahoe as the sale of tickets for the Community Parish Hall Euromillions syndicate gets underway.

The organisers say it is a great opportunity for the community to help raise funds for the hall while staying safe apart.
Sonia McDonnell is one of the organisers.

"We have decided to run the lotto syndicate to raise funds for our local hall. We would love to do more social fundraising like our very successful Taste of Shanahoe from last year. Unfortunately with COVID restrictions this isn't possible. 

"We want to create a community hub in Shanahoe, we have a lovely hall but it needs a bit of work to update it. We are hoping to use any funds raised for this purpose," she said.

Ms McDonnell also praised a local team of volunteers who've been putting some elbow grease into the community facility.

"We currently have a group of five young ladies from the community volunteering. They have painted the internal and  external walls of the hall and have restored an old mural for us.  The ladies have done fantastic work and it's very much appreciated in our community," she said. 

Planned during the lockdown, each annual ticket cost €100 with entry in both the Tuesdays and Friday Euromillions draws.

Six lines will be played online in each draw including the lotto plus.

Only tickets will be sold and all winnings will be pooled.

After months of planing the tickets will go on sale at the Parish Hall from 10am to 11am over the next two Sundays, September 13 & 20.