AIB officially announced its sponsorship of the Camogie Club Championship and Denis O’Callaghan, Head of AIB Branch banking, emphasised the importance of this new partnership
“This year, AIB’s 22nd year partnering with the championships, sees us announce our new sponsorship of the Camogie Club Championships. This sponsorship is very important for AIB as we recognise the proud history of Camogie, one of the most skilful sports in the world and we are looking forward to a successful partnership with the Association.
“This is the time of the year when our club activity assumes centre stage and you only had to witness the celebrations in villages and towns across the country in recent weeks to see what success in county championships means to players and clubs alike.
Liam Ó Néill
“Our sponsorship now includes Senior, Junior & Intermediate Championships across both hurling and football and the new Camogie partnership is a great addition. We are proud to be a partner of the Club Championship as it is one of the most competitive and toughest competitions to win in sport. Everything starts at the club and the passion and commitment from the players and supporters is exceptional and something we are very proud to be associated with.”
AIB also launched the Club Championships today, at an event in Carton House attended by a number of top club and intercounty stars. The Club Championships were launched with the slogan: “The toughest of them all.”
“To win an AIB GAA Club Championship would mean everything to me” Fingallians and Dublin star Paul Flynn said. “It’s so difficult to win because of the amount of games often in a short space of time and it can be physically and mentally tough. To win an All-Ireland with my club, playing with your friends and for your community would be the ultimate achievement for me.”
“I don’t think I will ever have a better feeling than when that final whistle went in Croke Park last year,” St Thomas’ 2012 AIB GAA All-Ireland Club Hurling Champion, Conor Cooney, revealed. “It was so rewarding because it was such a hard journey and there is something special about success with your club. After winning the Galway county Championship and then the tough games after that it made it all the sweeter to win.”
“I’ve been lucky enough to win All Ireland title with Milford and the Club Championships presents a very different challenge to playing with your county. Everything starts at the club and it is really difficult to win an All-Ireland title, but it’s an amazing feeling and all the hard work is worth it in the end,” Milford and Cork’s Elaine O’Riordan said.
Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, Liam Ó Néill, said: “This is the time of the year when our club activity assumes centre stage and you only had to witness the celebrations in villages and towns across the country in recent weeks to see what success in county championships means to players and clubs alike.
“There is of course a special dynamic involved in the AIB Club Championships as some of the best known players return to the scene where it all began and where it will all finish. AIB’s assistance in helping us to showcase the special rivalries that emerge is greatly appreciated as is their support of the Camogie championships. Here’s to another season of excellent club activity.”
President of the Camogie Association, Aileen Lawlor, is looking forward to partnership with AIB:
“The Camogie Association are delighted to join partnership with AIB who have been proud sponsors of the GAA for 22 years and now are sponsoring the Club All Ireland Camogie Championships.
“Club is the grassroots of our Association – this is where the player is first introduced to Gaelic games. This is where the player develops the love of the game and proudly represents their club, parish and community. AIB cater for families in parishes and communities all over Ireland just as we in The Camogie Association caters for all children from a young age and well into their adult life in the community. We are delighted to announce this partnership, and we look forward to working alongside AIB over the next few years”.