A record number of teams and players will compete in the 2019 Gourmet Food Parlour HEC Ladies Football Third-Level Championships.
A total of 38 colleges represented by 57 teams will take part in League and Championship this year, giving an opportunity to 1,900 players to potentially get involved and make their mark.
The growth of Ladies Football in Third-Level Colleges has coincided with Gourmet Food Parlour’s sponsorship of the Ladies HEC Leagues and Championships which enters its second year in 2019.
The sponsorship covers the prestigious O’Connor Cup, as well as the O’Connor Shield and the Giles, Lynch, Moynihan, Donaghy and Lagan Cups.
Former Kerry Footballer and Gourmet Food parlour ambassador Tomás Ó Sé was hosted a Facebook Live Q and A featuring Lorraine Heskin, Managing Director Gourmet Food Parlour, Niamh McEvoy (DIT & Dublin), Siobhán Divilly (NUI Galway & Galway), Eimear Scally (UL & Cork) and Muireann Atkinson (Dublin City University and Monaghan).
In a further example of how online media is coming to the fore in terms of widening coverage, TG4 confirmed that the 2019 GFP O’Connor Cup Final, which will be played on Saturday, March 9th, will be streamed live on the Spórt TG4 YouTube Page.
“This is a hugely exciting time for Ladies Football and the LGFA – and we are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the HEC Championships for a second year,” said Heskin.
“We are extremely passionate about sport for women and with the 20×20 movement gathering huge momentum, it’s incredible to see record numbers participating in the HEC Championships.”
“We’re very happy to play our part in helping to ensure that these fabulous players gain increased recognition for their efforts on and off the field of play.”
“We are pleased to welcome Lorraine Heskin, her colleague Lorraine Byrne and the entire Gourmet Food Parlour team on board for a second year.
“The GFP O’Connor Cup weekend is now a firmly-established and high-profile entry in our annual fixtures calendar,” added LGFA CEO Helen O’Rourke.
“We are anticipating outstanding games in all competitions, as has been the case in recent years, and it is great to have Gourmet Food parlour on board with us again.”
Helen O’Rourke will feature in ‘Leading Sport’ a new series of interviews with the CEO’s and leaders of the sporting governing bodies that make up Ireland’s rich diversity of sports.
The Ladies Gaelic Football Association will also be one of the sports to take part in our 2019 Partners event to take place in the spring and which brings together different sports with potential commercial supporters.
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