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Derek is Ardee CU’s car draw centurion

This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

Ardee Credit Union held it’s 100th monthly car draw at their branch in the town on Saturday morning – and Derek McEneaney from Rahanna, Ardee was the very lucky winner of the special draw to mark a century of car giveaways.

Derek’s name was drawn out out at the credit union branch on Church Hill in the town in a particularly special draw where members were invited to come along for the big reveal.


Derek couldn’t make it to the draw himself as he currently resides in Canada but he is the proud owner of a brand new Seat Toledo, supplied courtesy of Conachy’s Garage in Dunleer. Conachy’s have been supplying the winning car on a monthly basis since 2012.

The draw took place at Ardee Credit Union on Saturday morning.

All month, Ardee Credit Union have been gearing up for the 100th car draw by looking back over previous winners on social media. Now, Derek’s name has been added to that very lucky and ever lengthening list.

Speaking to ThisIsArdee.ie this morning, branch manager Niall Lambert aired his delight at the huge success of the Ardee Credit Union monthly car draw.

“It’s 11 years and it’s flown by,” he said. “You’d have hardly of thought it. It’s only when you see the names up on the wall that you realise the number of people who have won it.

“There are 3000 members in the draw. Anybody that has won a car, we’d know who they are and that gives you an appreciation for how local the credit union is. There’s no strangers,” he continued.

“When we put it on our Facebook page, the number of people that come along and give good wishes is fantastic. There is never a bad comment. It’s a positive thing.

“Because of our merger with Collon and louth, our membership of the car draw has been able to jump. It is our common bond. It goes from Tullyallen to Essexford. It’s a big area but it’s still very local.

“We have 16,000 members now of which 3,000 are members of the draw, of which 100 have won it! People of all ages and all different circumstances have won cars. Winning a car has been a terrific filip for some people who probably thought they’d never be able to buy a new car or afford a new car” Lambert said.

Pictured are Mags O’Keeffe from Ardee Credit Union with ACU members.


Derek’s win follows February’s lucky winner Joseph Duff from Creevagh and Rioja Carolan from Drumconrath who won the car in the previous month’s draw.

Each month, the Ardee Credit Union Members Car Draw gives members the chance to win a new vehicle to drive away in. Since the competition began eleven years ago – in 2006 – Ardee Credit Union itself has given away over €1.5 million in prizes, including the 100 cars and over €65,000 in additional cash prizes.

Any adult member of the Credit Union can enter the monthly draw. All they have to do is become a car draw member, at a cost of €60 for the full year beginning in October of each year.

The draw is completely funded through car draw membership fees. To become a car draw member, just call into the branch and fill in an application form today.

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