ESB is delighted to sponsor the GAA’s All Britain Competition taking place at Tír Chonaill Park, ground of Tír Chonaill Gaels GAA Club in London, on Friday 10th July to Sunday 12th July 2015.
It will be attended by around 2,000 youth participants from schools and GAA Clubs all over England, Scotland, and Wales with an invitation cross-community Ulster team, Cúchulainns participating. The competition caters for all grades of player from Under 8 to Under 18, is open to both boys and girls, and covers football, hurling and camogie. This is the third year ESB has supported the event and we have seen the Competition grow from strength to strength. ESB has a strong association with and been a long-time supporter the GAA. Indeed ESB shares the same characteristic as the GAA in probably having a presence in each and every community across Ireland. We are both part of the fabric of Irish communities.
The theme of the sponsorship is supporting the future of the game. With over 20 years as a successful investor in Britain, ESB as one of the leading Irish companies operating in Britain understands what is needed to grow and succeed. As Clare Duffy, ESB UK Manager, explains, “We believe it is important to support and nurture the young players, and help provide the energy and passion behind a whole new generation and future for the game in this country. The All-Britain Competition offers the younger generation an opportunity to showcase their skills and strive for success at a national level.”
The Tournament this year will be graced by the presence of the Liam MacCarthy and Sam Maguire Cups. The presence of the cups in London could not be more appropriate highlighting the enormous contribution of the GAA community in Britain in the development of the organisation.
ESB’s Ciaran McManus, former Offaly inter-county footballer, will be providing coaching sessions throughout the weekend. The competition, supported by ESB, The Irish Post and O'Neills Sport is not just a sporting tournament but will include music and dance with the support of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann, who will play from 18:00 – 21:00 on both Friday 10th and Saturday 11th July.
The ABC tournament is unique in attracting so many participants who were not born in Ireland or indeed have Irish heritage – with the host club Tír Chonaill Gaels having a full team of players selected from non-Irish born talent. The importance of the tournament can be demonstrated by those attending from GAA Headquarters in Croke Park: Aogán Ó'Fearghail, President of the GAA; Martin McAviney, President of the Council of Ulster and Vice –President of GAA; Helen O'Roarke, CEO Ladies Games; Pat Daly, Director of Games, and Frank Burke, Head of Coaching and Games. The games will also be attended by Irish Ambassador, Dan Mulhall, and Celine Byrne of the Irish Abroad Unit, Department of Foreign Affairs.