CARROLL’S Ham have been the official sponsors of Offaly GAA since 1991 and in the ‘Club Faithful Supporters Zone’ at O’Connor Park, Carroll’s Ham Managing Director John Comerford formally announced the extension of their sponsorship.
“Offaly GAA is firmly focused on the present and the future and we at Carroll’s Ham are delighted to say that we will be continuing our support for Gaelic Games and the Offaly County Board. We are 100% committed to playing our part in bringing back the glory days,” explained Mr Comerford.
In addition to extending their sponsorship to a 23rd year – the longest running county sponsorship in the GAA – Carroll’s Ham provided all match goers with a much appreciated complimentary cup of tea or coffee and a Carroll’s Ham sandwich.
And the Carroll’s Ham mascot mingled with young fans, posing for photographs and distributing a selection of Cul Heroes Offaly GAA player profile cards and Carroll’s Ham Offaly GAA jersey key rings.
Mr Comerford explained, “Carroll’s has always been rooted in the local community by supporting local jobs – Carroll’s now employs 105 local people with plans to add a further 26 in the coming months. And by supporting local producers - Carroll’s is proud to hold the Bord Bia Quality Mark of approval on their range of cooked hams. This offers our customers the assurance of knowing Carroll’s hams are 100% Irish and quality assured.”
The new Carroll’s Ham Offaly GAA jersey design was officially unveiled and Mr Comerford, along with Carroll’s Ham Marketing Manager, Deirdre O’Neill, presented a framed new jersey to Offaly GAA Chairperson Padraig Boland and this will be on permanent display along with previous Carroll’s jersey designs and photographs of successful Offaly GAA teams in the ‘Club Faithful Supporters Zone’ beneath the O’Connor Park stand.
‘Fuel the passion’ is a Carroll’s Ham advertising slogan and Mr Boland explained that in these particularly difficult economic times, Offaly GAA is very appreciative of Carroll’s Ham sponsorship and support. “We all enjoyed the hospitality and Carroll’s Ham taste of quality today and I wish to thank Carroll’s most sincerely as they are our bread and butter,” commented Mr Boland.
He added, “The Carroll’s logo has proudly adorned Offaly jerseys since Sunday, June 30th, 1991 and entering its 23rd year, Carroll’s support of, and association with, Offaly gaelic football and hurling teams is the longest running sponsorship relationship in the GAA. We are extremely grateful for your continued support of Offaly GAA. We are delighted to join with Carroll’s Ham in launching our new county jersey and celebrating the continuation of the sponsorship that is crucial in the preparation of Offaly teams.”
The Offaly football squad, led by manager Emmet McDonnell and captain Niall McNamee, also received a warm welcome from patrons gathered in the ‘Club Faithful Supporters Zone’.
In conjunction with last Saturday week’s celebration of Carroll’s Ham sponsorship of Offaly GAA, all match goers had the opportunity to enter a draw to win one of ten beautiful Carroll’s Ham hampers and the winners were - Conor Duffy, Walsh Island; Jamie Leonard, Kilcormac; Marian Mulhall, Walsh Island; Orla Mollen, Ferbane; Michael Morkan, Shinrone; Jim Nolan, Rhode; Matt Colgan, Monasterevin; John Harte, Edenderry; Clodagh Casey, Tullamore and Lauren Ryan, Tullamore.