Irish EuroMillions winner donates money to build mental health wellness centre at local school

A KIND-HEARTED IRISHMAN who won the EuroMillions has generously offered to pay for the installment of a mental health wellness centre at his local school.

Eddie Costelloe, who won €500,000 on the EuroMillions plus draw last week, said he wanted to help the primary school near his home to help tackle the issue of mental health among youngsters.

His money will be going to Corpus Christi school in Moyross, Co. Limerick.

The father of two spoke of how he lost his brother to suicide a few years ago, and wanted to help as many people as he could not to suffer the same hardship.

“My brother Stephen took his own life a few years back. That kind of thing sticks close to my heart,” Eddie said.

“If I can help out, it would make me feel a bit better as well.

“This whole area, Limerick and Ireland has been impacted by suicide. There’s an awful lot of young people and when I hear it, it brings something back to me.”

Eddie is keeping the size of his donation private, and on Thursday night he attended a friendly match between local rivals Ballynanty Rovers and Moyross United in aid of the wellness unit, where he handed over the money.

He went on to explain that he planned to make a donation to the school even before he knew he’d won €500,000.

Eddie has since left his job as a taxi driver, but insists that – despite the money – he isn’t going to change.