Hounds of EIRE Raffle

THE RAFFLE HAS ENDED and Winners are Posted 

Thank you to all the participants of OUR 2nd ANNUAL Hounds of EIRE Raffle! See you next year!!

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, 2020 to May 21, 2020
Drawing Date on May 21, 2020 - 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 public and member education, breed related health and welfare and club initiatives for 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.    


Grand Prize: "Hounds of EIRE" trip to Ireland  Value of $3500

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 three 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.

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.

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.

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. 

Belleek Collectors Society 1988 porcelain figure “The Irish Wolfhound” 
Carries red “Belleek Collectors Society” backstamp and numbered No. 505 / 550 in gold enamel.  No damage or restoration.  7.5” tall with  7” long x 5.25” wide oval naturalistic base.  Not to be confused with the smaller version with different shaped base able to be purchased today.  Donated by Kathy Cummings.   Value approx. $150 - $170.

Canvas Print of the Cliffs of Moher: 24" x 19" 
A beautiful canvas print of the iconic Cliffs of Moher, donated by Ryan Gardener of Great Big Canvas.

Belleek Classic Trademark 7" Vase 2017 Edition Piece 
"To commemorate Belleek's 160th year, this limited edition vase has been sculpted to depict the famous Belleek Trademark, which appears in relief on both sides. It features icons of Ireland: the round tower, a harp, an Irish wolfhound and shamrocks resting upon the Belleek banner. One hand-painted shamrock, a classic touch of Belleek, is at the top. The vase has an exclusive trade stamp. Made in Ireland. Comes in the Belleek Gift Box.  3.5" wide x 7" tall. Donated by Tamara Dunn.  
Value $35.

Nicholas Mosse
An artisan maker of beautiful hand-sponged pottery for 43 years on the River Nore in Bennettsbridge, 
County Kilkenny, Ireland. 
Read more at:  https://nicholasmosse.com

Nicholas Mosse 
Small Cylinder Jug Sheep 4.5" tall (middle), Lidded Sugar Bowl Sheep 4.3" tall (right),
Tall Cylinder Jug Sheep 7.25" tall (left),
Value: $177

Donated by Heather Burns.

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