Colm Cooper, Oisín McConville and Eoin Larkin were on hand in Croke Park to kick-start AIB’s 21st Birthday celebration of the Club Championships.
AIB has been proudly sponsoring the GAA Club Championships for 21 years, during which time AIB have witnessed spectacular displays of community spirit and club successes in the race for All-Ireland club glory. AIB have announced a renewal of their sponsorship of the Club Championships for a further five years.
Speaking at the launch of the 2012/2013 season AIB’s Director, Personal, Business and Corporate Banking, Bernard Byrne said: “The GAA is one of the great sporting associations in the world today, reaching into every community across Ireland. The fact that it is an amateur organisation, driven by the dedication of thousands of players and volunteers makes it remarkable and unique. The GAA plays a central role in Irish society and AIB looks forward to continuing working closely with the Association in promoting and advancing the club championships and supporting over 2,300 clubs, in the years to come.”
Uachtarán CLG Liam O’Neill acknowledges the importance of the GAA’s club competition, as the core of the community, saying; “The Club is at the heart of the GAA and its continued growth and success is of the greatest importance and I’d like to thank AIB most sincerely for their endorsement over the past 21 years and their continued support for these much loved games. Today is an occasion to celebrate this fantastic competition and I look forward to another exciting campaign.
“We have seen extraordinarily high quality play at club level over the past 21 years, including impressive displays by great teams like Crossmaglen Rangers in the football and Galway’s Portumna in the hurling. But club hurling and football is about much more than winning. It is about the full participation of our youth in games that knit communities and inspire confidence and pride in the individual.”
Kerry’s star forward Colm “Gooch” Cooper is a passionate club man with Dr. Crokes which won an All- Ireland club title in 1992.
Colm Cooper, AIB Youth Ambassador, said of playing for his club, “There is something special about success with your club. The Kerry county championship is highly competitive, so it’s a really big deal when your club gets into the provincial championship, and to get beyond that is always a special affair. Our community was so proud to have the club in the semi-final last year, and it was tough to lose out to Crossmaglen. It’s never just the players who feel the hit; the backroom team including our supporters also feel similar pain in the face of defeat. We are eager to go even further this year and to give our community something to shout about.”
The results of all final county games and the upcoming AIB Club Championship games are available every Sunday on www.clubisfamily.ie.
The 2012/2013 AIB GAA Junior and Intermediate Club Championship Finals are scheduled for 9th & 10th February, with the AIB GAA Senior Club Championship finals taking place on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday 17th March.