The GAA season past may feel like only yesterday but one thing about sport is that it rolls on relentlessly. In many ways, it’s what makes it so great. There will always be another shot at redemption, another chance to state a case based on the work put in away from the cameras.
The weather may have caused havoc with the AIB Club Championships last weekend but it did set a great backdrop for the launch at Bord na Mona O’Connor Park in Tullamore yesterday for the launch of the Bord na Móna Leinster GAA series.
Wexford hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald and Dublin footballer Jonny Cooper were among the representatives from across the province in attendance, as the focus begins to switch to the resumption of inter-county activity at the earlier than ever before date of December 30th this year.
2017 saw the Dublin footballers regain the Bord na Móna O’Byrne Cup with a victory over a spirited Louth team while the Walsh Cup hurling decider saw Kilkenny edge out Galway in a Nowlan Park decider.
The format for the Bord na Móna O’Byrne Cup which saw see teams divided into groups and with mid-week matches taking place to reach the semi-finals will be retained in 2018.
“We are delighted to continue our partnership with Bord na Móna and build upon the strong relationship we have built since 2012,” said Leinster GAA Chairman John Bolger.
“They understand the importance of community and the work that we do to enable our clubs and members to be the best they can be.”
“The Bord na Móna O’Byrne Cup football trophy has been competed for since 1954 and the Tom Walsh Cup has existed since 1956. Between them, they have played a crucial role in Leinster GAA, whereby the proceeds generated by attendances is used in a special fund that looks to benefit ordinary GAA people in Leinster who are in need of assistance.”
“These are special competitions that have a crucial place in the calendar because in both codes they act as a vital dress rehearsal for the start of the National Leagues and provide a warmly welcome outlet for supporters who have been starved of seeing their county play since the summer.”
“We are delighted to be title sponsors of the Bord na Móna O’Byrne Cup, Bord na Móna Walsh Cup, and the Bord na Móna Kehoe Cup,” added Pauline Browne of Bord na Mona.
“This sponsorship began in 2012 and saw us become the first title sponsor in the competitions long history and continues our strong association with the GAA. The growth and success of our association in the last few years made it a natural decision to extend our relationship with Leinster GAA.”