AIB, proud sponsors of the AIB GAA Club Championships for the past 21 years, today announced that they will make the 2013 AIB GAA Club Championships finals an official Gathering Ireland event.
To celebrate the Gathering Ireland 2013, AIB and the GAA will pledge a small fund to each of this year’s AIB GAA football and hurling finalists to allow them to bring someone home to Croke Park.
With so many GAA club supporters now living abroad, AIB are offering St. Brigids from Roscommon, Dublin’s Ballymun Kickhams, St. Thomas’ of Galway and Offaly’s Kilcormac-Killoughey the opportunity to bring one of them home from overseas to watch their club play in the AIB GAA Club finals in Croke Park on 17th March.
Speaking at today’s announcement, Neil Hosty, AIB Executive said, “The AIB GAA Club Championships are part of the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and we are really thrilled that in the year of the Gathering, it will be an official Gathering event. We believe that the support of their fans is the key ingredient for GAA clubs around the country and to mark the partnership with the Gathering, we at AIB, along with the GAA, wanted to offer each Club Championships finalist the opportunity to bring a member of the club home for the finals on March 17th.”
Andrew Cowan, Marketing & Communications Director with The Gathering Ireland commented: “We are delighted that in the spirit of the Gathering, the AIB GAA Club Championships will offer club supporters now living abroad the opportunity to come home to see their club in action in Croke Park this St. Patrick’s Day. The AIB GAA Club Championships Finals are a great part of St. Patrick’s Day festivities and a wonderful celebration of Irish sport and community spirit. It’s great to have them on board as an official Gathering event”.
Liam O’Neill, GAA president commented, “We are delighted with the special place our AIB All-Ireland club finals occupy on St Patrick’s Day and the milestone date that this day will act as in The Gathering’s diary. We fully support the Gathering and helped launch it at last year’s GAA All-Ireland Hurling final and we are delighted to see AIB work so closely with our club network. I can’t think of a better way for a GAA supporter living abroad to spend St Patrick’s Day than to be flown home to see their home club in action on the coveted stage that is Croke Park and I am sure our clubs will embrace this excellent initiative.”
The AIB GAA Club Championship finals will take place in Croke Park on St. Patricks Day. Throw in for the hurling final is at 2.00pm when Galway champions, St. Thomas clash with, Offaly and Leinster champions Kilcormac-Killoughey. Throw in for the football final will be at 3.45pm when St. Brigids from Roscommon will meet Leinster club football title holders, Ballymun Kickhams in GAA headquarters.
For up to date information on the AIB GAA Club Championships visit www.clubisfamily.ie or www.facebook/clubisfamily AIB GAA Club Championships celebrate The Gathering Ireland 2013