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Hounds of EIRE Raffle

Welcome to the 3rd ANNUAL Hounds of EIRE Raffle!!!

Same Pandemic Rules apply for 2021!

First Prize: A Trip to Ireland!  

Value: $3500
You have 12 months to plan your trip to Ireland. However, in our current national medical crisis if it still isn't safe to travel in 12 months we will work with you to ensure you can still enjoy your trip while feeling safe about doing it. Good Luck! 

Raffle runs from: February 15, 2021 to May 26, 2021
Drawing Date on May 26, 2021 - You do not need to be present to win!
Raffle tickets are $35 each

Only 600 raffle tickets will be sold!

minimum of 100 tickets must be sold or all monies will be

returned to ticket buyers.

  • Net proceeds benefit health, rescue and the Heather Burns Memorial Fund for hounds in North and South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

  • Drawing open only to participants residing in the U.S. 

  • Some states do not allow Non-Profit Raffles or the sale of raffle tickets. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to be aware of their state's laws.

  • For further rules, please click on the "Rules" tab under the "Raffle" tab at the top of this page. 

  • 100 tickets must be sold or the raffle will be cancelled. If the raffle is cancelled all participants with tickets will be contacted and all monies will be returned.    

  •  There are TWO ways to purchase tickets.

    • If paying by paypal go to the "Shop" tab on the website and simply order as many tickets as you like. The convenience fee is already included and the total per ticket is $36.35. You do not need a paypal account to pay with paypal.​

    • If paying by check it is $35.00 a ticket and the total cost with the number of tickets you want to purchase can be sent to Diana Vreeken, IWRMS Treasurer, 4451 Adams Swamp Rd. Suffolk, VA 23434

    • If paying by check I need you to include your cell phone number and email address! I cannot sent you ticket images without an email address! And I cannot call you the day of the raffle and tell you you've won without a cell phone number! 


Grand Prize: "Hounds of EIRE" trip to Ireland  Value of $3500
There aren't a lot of rules surrounding the Grand Prize trip to Ireland. The only things we really ask is that you have to use the trip to go to Ireland, and we'd like you to use the funds within 12 months of the close of the raffle. Other than that, it's up to you. If you want to go low budget and plan the trip on a budget, you can manage to buy two airline tickets, a rental car and stay at Youth Hostels and Airbnbs. We just want you to have a great time, and if possible share some pictures! If you want recommendations on where to go and what to see, we have plenty of folks who have made the trip and are happy to share ideas, both for budget travel and not to be missed sights! 

AdDitional prizes:  
In the order of the ticket drawn, each person holding a winning ticket gets to pick one follow up prize (shown below.) There are more prizes featured than will be awarded to the four additional winners, this should provide a selection appreciated by everyone. The prizes below are not listed in any particular order of value.  Please check back for any additional prize choices as they become available.

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Tamarca Hollow, A Nature Retreat Near Marion, North Carolina

There is always something to draw you to the mountains of Western North Carolina. During the spring when the rhododendrons are in bloom you can wake each morning the smell of Carolina Allspice and the male Towhee reminding you to "Drink your tea". Or come in the fall when the trees change their summer greens for their fall coat of colors. The air is crisp and the bite of winter in the air makes for pleasant days hiking and cozy evenings around the hearth with a cocoa or a glass of local red wine. Tamarca Hollow offers a glimpse into life in the mountains. This private nature retreat is perfect for rewinding, regrouping and reconnecting with loved ones.

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Continental breakfast items are available, and all the fixin's to make s'mores outside in the firepit.  The Housers do ask each guest to respect the land as we are all guests on planet earth and they take great care and pride living in the forest. The property is a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the US Wildlife Service.  Everyone needs to be alert in the woods for wildlife such as bear, deer, skunks, raccoons, opossums, coyotes, spiders, honey bees, a variety of birds, and snakes (venomous and non-venomous) share the space. The unit also has a metal roof....there's nothing like the sound of rain at night on a metal roof....with the frogs and crickets singing along to the rhythm of the rain! 



There are a number of Vineyards, Wineries, and Breweries in the area along with some fabulous restaurants and a variety of delicious foods to try!  The property is within an hour of Asheville and other historic mountain communities like Marion, Black Mountain, Boone and Banner Elk, also nearby South Mountain State Park with an 80 foot waterfall!"  Donated by Marc and Tamara Houser.


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For more information on Tamarca Hollow you can use the below link to visit their reservation site on Airbnb's website.

A two night stay in this little piece of paradise is being offered by Marc and Tamara Houser. The apartment can accommodate 5 guests with 1 Bedroom and 1 Bathroom.  Nestled down in the hollow is where you unplug! Enjoy the serenity with nature and a few surprise comforts!  This comfy, quaint and remote apartment over the garage has a queen bed, queen sofa sleeper & a roll-away bed. The bathroom is a shower only and linens & towels are provided. The living/dining area is comfy with a tv/dvd player and lots of movies, (no other tv service) board games, playing cards and puzzles. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you may need. The unit has its own private porch/deck with a grill, fire-pit, seating, a separate hot water heater and HVAC. The property has a hiking/walking/jogging circuit trail in the forest with a cascade waterfall/creek where you can lay in the hammock with your favorite bottle of wine, read, journal or do some yoga alongside the creek.  It is located in a small gated community in McDowell County, NC, with miles of groomed hiking/walking trails to a private secluded waterfalls and picnic area. There is a man-made lake with beach, swimming area, kayaking, fishing, and a large pavilion with a fireplace and grills. It is 30 minutes to the nearest town and the Housers take great pleasure in providing guests with dinner ready to enjoy in the apartment on their first night's stay!  Dietary restrictions are addressed in the confirmation email.

Visit Savannah


Have you ever imagined waking on a warm spring morning to the smell of jasmine drifting in and the sound of a light breeze blowing through the leaves of the live oak trees? Do you dream about walking through fragrant gardens with Spanish moss draped overhead and the music of Savannah's many fountains playing for you as you stroll the city's antebellum streets? Savannah is a city of history, with the largest historical district in the U.S. It is bursting at the seams with gardens, fountains, cemeteries and ghosts. Walk the same streets  

where the civil war was fought. A city so lovely that even Sherman couldn't bring himself to burn it on his 

march to the sea. Even if you don't win the grand prize trip to Ireland you can still travel back in time while visiting beautiful, historical Savannah. Caitlin Condon has donated two nights in the Orchid Cottage, a small Victorian guest house behind her main house in Savannah. Orchid Cottage is located right off Forsyth Park, one of the most famous squares in Savannah. And after you spend the day visiting the many museums, gardens, fountains and plantations you can relax in the garden of Orchid Cottage with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, until you've recovered enough to enjoy all Savannah has to offer at night. This is a full guest house you'll have to yourself, enchanting and inviting. It's just waiting for you to come and experience the best the south has to   


offer. So come for a weekend and make memories to last a lifetime. Visit Bonaventure Cemetery, River Street, Tybee Island, Wormsloe Historic Site, and the Gothic-Revival Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. If you're lucky enough to win you will have 1 year from the drawing to collect your prize. The link below is to Orchid Cottage. 


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For more information on Orchid Cottage you can use the below link to visit their reservation site on Airbnb's website.

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Canvas Print of the Cliffs of Moher: 24" x 19" 
So you didn't win the Grand Prize! That doesn't mean you can't go home with a little piece of Ireland of your own! This lovely canvas print of the majestic Cliffs of Moher in County Clare Ireland would be happy to keep you company until such time as you can go and see them in person. The print is so vivid you can almost see the Puffins flying by.


Donated by Ryan Gardener of Great Big Canvas.


For the Love of Wolfhounds: A joyous life is a photographic journey of a life lived in the company of an Irish Wolfhounds, and a life well lived for the hounds themselves. We are ever connected to our hounds in ways that are to some unimaginable. As many would say, “There is just something about a wolfhound,” whether living with them or meeting them for the first time.

Although not our original intent, this second volume is inspired by children. Many photos we received included children and their Wolfhounds.  We came to appreciate that the relationship between young people and Irish Wolfhounds is like no other. They are their first best friend, their adventure buddy, their co-conspirator in mischief. And in many ways A Joyous Life speaks to that wonder and unspoiled love that we all long for, and we now see in every Wolfhounds’ eyes.

This book is an invitation for you to journey into the Joyous Life of the Irish Wolfhound, a unique soulful creature of wonder. No matter how long or short they are with us, we would choose a life shared with them. It is not a matter of the moments or years lived, but rather, how that life is lived. Here is these pages is evidence of that joyous life.


Donated by Authors, Amanda Van Vliet & Briget Wandruff


While preparing for Saint Patrick Day Parades and Celtic Festivals its always an issue deciding which outfit and jewelry will make you stand out in the crowd of party goers. This lovely pure silver pendent crafted by Pat Powers, long time wolfhound lover, lapidary and Silversmith is a must have for any wolfhound and jewelry connoisseur. The shamrock is crafted from sterling silver wire, while the wolfhound head in profile is crafted from pure silver. It will come with either a black leather or Sterling Silver chain, whichever the winner prefers.


Donated by Artist 


What do you do with those leashes lying around? They get tangled, and look messy hanging off of chairs, or tossed after a walk onto a bench. This beautiful leash holder is the answer. It is functional and classic, both a piece of art and a useful tool. Gordon Brown, one of our regional hound owners and craftsman, has donated a gorgeous handmade 4 peg wooden leash holder. It would be an elegant addition to any wall!


Donated by Artist. 

Teapot with Cows made by Brixton Pottery

from the personal collection of Heather Burns

Each piece of Brixton Pottery is made and decorated by hand using traditional spongeware techniques. Brixton Pottery is designed by Alex and Tania Dufort from their rural retreat in Mid Wales and made in the EU. They started designing in 1987, and have so far accumulated a portfolio of about 500 spongeware designs, and 60 pottery shapes, making a total of 30,000 possible products. The technique of spongeware probably originated in Crete 4,000 years ago. The museum in Heraklion has a wonderful display of Minoan ceramics, some of which are clearly decorated with sponge stippling. Much of the Delft pottery on display in the Victoria and Alberta museum shows sponge decoration, but it was not till the 19th century that decoration using intricately cut sponges became widespread. 

Donated by Mark Burns