A dream Christmas in Drogheda is on the cards for Katie McAuliffe from Limerick who has won €1000 to spend in the town.
Katie entered the ‘Win Your Dream Christmas’ competition supported by Drogheda BID on Facebook, winning a €1000 Love Drogheda Gift Card.
“I live in Limerick, about a 2.5 hour drive from Drogheda, but shop in Drogheda a few times each year when I meet up with friends,” said Katie. “Drogheda is a lovely town and the atmosphere is especially wonderful at Christmas.
“Looking at the list of where I can spend the Love Drogheda Gift Card, there are so many places to use it. The flexibility is lovely! I’m looking forward to visiting Drogheda before Christmas with my mother, meeting up with friends and treating them to lunch.
“Then, I’ll be buying amazing Christmas presents for my family in Drogheda, things that I probably wouldn’t have been able to splash out on ordinarily. There are endless possibilities. It’ll be so nice knowing that for one day, money is no object.
“Everyone wants to see local businesses thrive and I love the fact that the Love Drogheda Gift Card supports local businesses in Drogheda. If we rely on online shopping, then we could lose our small businesses and our towns would be poorer for it, and so would we.
“Small businesses are there when we need them but they also connect people with their community, and that’s something we need more than ever post pandemic.
“What’s great about the Love Drogheda Gift Card is that you can give it to someone as a gift and they can use it as they like. You could give the card to someone that lives out of the area, and they could have a whole experience of Drogheda through the gift card, staying overnight with dinner out, shopping, and even a trip to the salon or cinema.
“I can’t wait to use my Love Drogheda Gift Card in the town, just like a debit card. It’s so easy and such a good idea. I especially like the fact that it’s free for businesses to be a part of the Love Drogheda Gift Card, and there are no extra costs for them to accept it.
“I’m so happy to have won the ‘Win Your Dream Christmas’ competition, I’ve never won anything before and the timing is just amazing. This is going to be the first proper Christmas we’ve had for a few years now and having the gift card will make sure it’s even more special. It’s a Christmas miracle!”
The Love Drogheda Gift Card was introduced by Drogheda Business Improvement District (BID) in 2020 as a means to support local businesses, and can be spent with close to 200 businesses in the town, including food and drink places, shops, health and beauty, accommodation and services.
Trevor Connolly, chief executive officer at Drogheda BID, said: “We’re thrilled for Katie to have won the ‘Win Your Dream Christmas’ competition and a €1000 Love Drogheda Gift Card. Over €250,000 of Love Drogheda Gift Cards have been sold to date, not only keeping money locked into Drogheda but bringing new money in too as people visit Drogheda to spend their gift cards, as Katie will be this Christmas.”
The Love Drogheda Gift Card is part of the award winning Town & City Gift Card concept active across Ireland, backed by fintech Miconex.
Colin Munro, managing director of Miconex said: “At this time of year, we’re all thinking about finding the ‘perfect’ gift. But there’s also a strong desire to support our high streets with 90% of respondents in our 2022 survey saying they want to support local this Christmas. The Love Drogheda Gift Card gives the recipient unbeatable local choice, whilst also providing tangible support for local businesses. Congratulations to Katie on winning the ‘Win Your Dream Christmas’ competition.”
Drogheda BID is also asking for nominations in a search to find Ireland’s favourite local business. The winning business who receives the most votes, and one person who nominated them, will receive €500 in Town & City Gift Cards. Voting closes on the 21st December 2022.
Nominate a local business in Ireland free at: www.lovelocalwin.ie