Just under TWO weeks to go: National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2023!

34 national finalists prepare to compete all over the country

Photo Caption: The countdown is on for the National Lottery Good Causes Awards which is taking place in Killashee House Hotel on October 21st. Derek Duffy, of Cú Chulainn Blood Bikes photographed along with Gráinne Seoige, announced as the National Lottery Good Cause of the Year 2022. 

The countdown is on as we approach the highly anticipated National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2023, set to take place on Saturday, October 21st in Killashee House Hotel in Co. Kildare. 

This year, the awards ceremony promises to be a spectacular event, with the esteemed Grainne Seoige as the host, and a star-studded line-up of guest presenters, including TV personality Daithí O Sé, retired sprinting sensation Jason Smyth, the inspiring Deborah Samorin, renowned weather forecaster Joanna Donnelly and the talented actor James Martin from the Oscar-winning film 'An Irish Goodbye.' 

The National Lottery Good Causes Awards shine a spotlight on the remarkable achievements of countless projects, clubs, and individuals across Ireland. With the invaluable support of National Lottery Good Causes funding, these winners have made a profound impact on their local communities. This year on average, over €4 Million was raised by the National Lottery every week for Good Causes. 

The Guest of Honour at this year's awards ceremony will be Minister Paschal Donohoe, who will offer words of encouragement and inspiration to the 34 finalists before the ceremony. The awards recognize excellence in seven categories: Sport, Health & Wellbeing, Heritage, Arts & Culture, Community, Youth, and Irish Language. In addition. a 'Hero of the Year,' will be unveiled during the awards final, celebrating the outstanding contributions made by individuals within organisations. 

Each category winner will be awarded a generous €10,000, while the Hero of the Year will receive €5,000. The grand prize, the Good Cause of the Year, will take home an additional €25,000. 

This year's National Lottery Good Causes Awards promises to be a night of celebration, inspiration, and recognition. We look forward to honoring those who have made a significant difference in their communities through the power of National Lottery Good Causes funding. 

Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on all National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, welfare, education, arts, heritage, and the Irish Language. In total more than €6 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 36 years ago. In 2022 alone, €259 Million was raised for local Good Causes in communities across Ireland.               

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