1918 ticket found in Derry workshop

The raffle ticket found in the workshop of Alpha Stained Glass in Castle Street.

The raffle ticket found in the workshop of Alpha Stained Glass in Castle Street.

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Workers at Derry’s Alpha Stained Glass workshop in Castle Street uncovered a little piece of history recently when clearing out their workspace.

Joseph Coyle, son of the later Joe Coyle who founded the Stained Glass company, came across a raffle ticket dated from April 1918.

The draw, in aid of the Nazareth House offered a first prize of a tonne of English coal, with a second prize of a ‘valuable eiderdown quilt’ and a third prize of ten stone of flour. Other prizes included two £1 notes and a pair of rosary beads.

Tickets were priced at a mere 3p and the draw was set to take place at St. Columb’s Hall on April 4, 1918 at 8pm.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’ Geraldine Coyle, wife of the late Joe Coyle, said they were delighted with the find.

“You never know what you are going to find when you go digging through the corners of the workshop, but to see this ticket so old and so perfectly preserved is brilliant.” The Coyle family are planning to hand the ticket back to the Nazareth House so they can keep it in their archives.