AIG Insurance is best known in a sporting context here through its support of Dublin GAA but the connections to sport run much deeper and far wider than just that one deal.
Yesterday they brought some of the strands together for the official launch of this year’s men’s and ladies AIG Cups & Shields in golf.
AIG activate the partnership with the Golfing Union of Ireland and the Irish Ladies Golf Union via an exclusive discounted offer on car and home insurance for GUI and ILGU members. They also provide free golf equipment cover up to €2,000 if clubs are stolen from the locked boot of a car.
There was little danger of that at Carton Hause yesterday when Dublin GAA stars Kevin McManamon and Eoghan O’Donnell, who are also keen golfers, joined 2018 AIG Senior Foursomes champion, Eleanor Metcalfe and 2018 AIG Irish Close Champion, Robbie Cannon for the launch of this year’s tournaments.
Westport Golf Club will host this year’s AIG GUI Cups & Shields from Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd September 2019. You’d have to imagine that Sam Maguire might be present to cement the cross sport relationship, whether that was through AIG’s connections or via a more local route should Mayo take down the Dub’s Drive for Five.
“We’re thrilled to be in Carton House today to officially launch this year’s AIG Cups & Shields and Irish Amateur Close Championships,” said AIG General Manager Declan O’Rourke.
“We’re delighted with the relationships we have built with both the GUI & ILGU over the years and we hope that both the unions and their members have benefited from our commitment to them.”
“A special thanks to the golfers here Eleanor Metcalfe and Robbie Cannon and Dublin GAA players Kevin McManamon and Eoghan O’Donnell for taking the time to be with us today. We’re looking forward to an exciting summer of both golf and GAA and want to wish everyone involved the very best of luck in their respective competitions.”
“This support offered by AIG allows us to continue the development of women’s and girls’ golf at club, district and national level,” added Sinéad Heraty, CEO of the ILGU.
“AIG have been supporting amateur golf in Ireland for over two decades, concluded Pat Finn, CEO of the GUI.
“We are delighted to have their continued support for the Cups and Shields and the Irish Close Championship.”
“The Golfing Union of Ireland values our relationship with AIG and we look forward to continuing to work with them for many more years to come.”
They then went to take pictures and marvel at the silky skills on the putting green of Kevin McManaman, as shared here with Dublin GAA’s 84,500 followers on Twitter.
(His first effort…honestly 😳) pic.twitter.com/zBiGeFvico
— Dublin GAA (@DubGAAOfficial) June 26, 2019
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