An exuberant ticket holder will experience firsthand the luck of the Irish when he or she is declared winner of the grand prize in this year’s Win a Trip for Two to Ireland raffle as part of the Murphys Irish Day celebration that will be held on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17, 2018.

Along with a traveling companion, the winner will be transported from a gold rush town with Irish heritage to the fabled land of shamrocks and leprechauns.

The coveted prize offers the travelers flexibility in creating their own itinerary. They will enjoy their first night in a pre-booked accommodation in Dublin or Shannon and then spend the next five nights in Irish Bed & Breakfasts sprinkled throughout the countryside. The couple will have daily home cooked Irish breakfasts.  Air transportation and a standard shift rental car are included.

The Murphys Business Association has contracted with Above & Beyond Travel to book this trip.  As is usually the case, some restrictions apply.

Specially created Murphys area vacation prize packages will be awarded to two runners-up.

The first includes a two nights stay from Murphys Vacation Rental, dinner for two at the Murphys Historic Hotel, lunch for two at Lucky Penny, wine and food pairing for eight from Frog Tooth Winery.

The other package includes two nights lodging at the Milfiori Historic Country Retreat, dinner for two at Grounds, lunch for two at Murphys Pub, and kayak rental from the Sierra Nevada Adventure Company.

Raffle tickets are five dollars each or five for $20.  They are available through March 16 at the Calaveras Visitors Bureau in Angels Camp, and many locations in Murphys including Creative Cookware, Marisolio Olive Oils, Murphys Hotel, Next – Upscale Resale, The Spice Tin, and Sierra Nevada Adventure Company.  They also will be available at the Business Association booth in front of the Native Sons Hall on the day of the event.

All Irish Day volunteers will receive one raffle ticket for each shift worked.  To volunteer contact Tonja Peterson at 743-5717 or

The winning tickets will be drawn on Saturday, March 17, as part of the Murphys Irish Day Celebration.  The winner need not be present.

Murphys Irish Day is presented each year by the Murphys Business Association with proceeds funding the activities of the association as well as community projects and enhancements.