Michelin-starred chef Richard Corrigan is opening up his luxurious Virginia Park Lodge, the 18th-century hunting lodge he painstakingly renovated, to healthcare frontline workers who are planning a wedding, and today is your last day to enter it.
The luxurious prize is a true once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many: The package includes everything from planners to bakers and is worth a whopping €90,000. It includes two days on the estate, all of the suppliers on the estate, up to 160 guests, grand cru champagne, fine wines and every need taken care of.
"It's yours as a thank you to the frontline workers, north and south, in Ireland", he said on the Jennifer Zamparelli Show, as Lottie Ryan filled in.
"Every penny" goes to St Vincent de Paul, he added, and with €35,000 raised already it's been a huge success.
"I'm delighted for St Vincent de Paul, quiet people in the background doing a great job. And frontline workers. This is for cleaners, nurses, doctors, anyone involved in frontline care can enter this competition. You can enter the competition and give it to a frontline worker if you win it!"
It's Corrigan's way of saying thank you to the courageous frontline workers who have kept the country afloat for the past few months. It is also one of the few ways Corrigan can open up his Irish businesses under the current restrictions.
The lush estate is primarily used as a "growing estate" for his restaurants, many of which are closed for the time being. "We grow all our vegetables there and we ship them into London. It's very private, very exclusive and no one can come onto it. It's yours for 160 people, and you can have champagne up to your eyeballs!"
The past few months have been challenging for Corrigan, whose restaurants closed on 18 March and have not reopened. "A few places opened in the last three weeks and really it is dead zone", he says.
"I mean, Piccadilly Circus the last day, Thursday morning, because it is all monitored, the movement, so say traffic on the streets, basically, it was 8% of what it should be."
With such unprecedented changes, does he think they're forever?
"I really don't know. Sometimes I'm very positive, sometimes I feel, 'God, what's going to happen here?'
"Eating and socialising is part of the human condition", he says. "I do believe in the short term our industry is changed forever."
"One thing about Virginia Park Lodge, it's a very large estate and we're well-capable of doing an open air wedding.
People looking to support local restaurants and cafés are at odds on how to safely support them, and Corrigan agrees that "Right now I think there's very little that we can do, just right now".
"I don't want to be any way doomy about it. I think the hospitality sector overall has been extraordinary hard hit, bars, restaurants, hotels and now everyone is seeing just a slight glimmer because it is August but there will be a very dark cloud on the business by mid-October again.
"Governments all over told all hospitalities to close, which they did. Therefore there has to be some help until we have some class of vaccine or else some class of a minimum living wage until people can get back on their feet. I mean this is doomsday really, what is happening - there is no question about it.
"But I think we can be positive and imaginative and we can be all-encompassing help for everyone because this is out of anyone's control. Until there is a virus buster of some description we are in a very, very dark place."
He adds that once people are able to safely go out together more frequently, he hopes they will do exactly that.
"Otherwise it's a lot of drudgery: getting up in the morning, going to work, coming home, having a bite to eat, crash down by 9pm. That's not what life's about. Life is about pints and food."
To enter the competition to win the wedding package, click here.