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Scramble for City Island luxury pad being raffled at £85 for charity

PUBLISHED: 13:16 12 December 2019 | UPDATED: 16:13 12 December 2019

One of these luxury City Island apartments can be snapped up for £85... Picture: Ballymore

One of these luxury City Island apartments can be snapped up for £85... Picture: Ballymore

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A luxury £700,000 apartment with its high-rise view across the Thames near Canary Wharf is going for an £85 price tag.

Adding the final touches... Ballymore staff in one City Island apartment overlooking the London skyline. Picture: BallymoreAdding the final touches... Ballymore staff in one City Island apartment overlooking the London skyline. Picture: Ballymore

Voters may be going to the polls in today's general election, but another ballot has opened online for the hot property.

The only drawback is that you have to compete with thousands of others and come up with the winning raffle number.

The ballot for the two-bedroom flat at the prestigious City Island complex next to the Bow Creek is a fundraiser for a voluntary sports organisation and Gaelic football club at Roscommon in Southern Ireland.

It follows the club's "win a house in Dublin" contest in 2018 which raised almost £1million.

Stunning aerial view at sunset of London City Island on a loop of the Lea River where it joins the Thames. Picture: BallymoreStunning aerial view at sunset of London City Island on a loop of the Lea River where it joins the Thames. Picture: Ballymore

Roscommon is the hometown of Sean Mulryan, chief executive of the Ballymore group which has developed the huge London City Island skyscraper complex once dubbed "the Manhattan of east London".

The complex already includes the new headquarters of English National Ballet and the London Film School, whose new neighbour from the online ballot is being drawn on May 10 at the Roscommon club's first game of the 2020 Gaelic football season.

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