The Só Hotel Group, a collection of six hotels across the Midlands and West of Ireland, owned by Supermacs owner Pat McDonagh is to be the new sponsor of the Women’s National League in soccer.
The new season kicks off this weekend with eight teams involved. It had been without a headline sponsor following the withdrawal of Continental Tyres after last season.
They had been with the competition since 2014 and were an important ally in building the competition. Bus Eireann had previously sponsored since the tournament was reformed in 2011.
This will be the eighth season of the Women’s National League in its current format and there will be eight teams taking part.
Players from all eight clubs in the League were in attendance at the launch in the Athlone Springs Hotel where the Só Hotel Group was announced as the title sponsor.
Pat McDonagh and Supermacs have been long term backers of Galway GAA. Last year they renewed their backing of Hurling, Football, Camogie and Ladies Football in a five-year deal believed to be worth around €2 million.
Lough Rea Hotel and Spa, one of the properties in the Só Group is also the sponsor of Galway WFC, one of the teams in the League.
“Being involved in sport is one of the greatest gifts we can give to our young people,” said McDonagh launching the new deal.
“A healthy body helps to develop a healthy mind.”
“You are the beacons from which young girls all over the country will take their lead,” he said speaking to representatives of all eight clubs. “You are a shining example to them all and of that, you should be immensely proud.”
“We have been involved in sport and in sponsorship of sport for a long time mostly in hurling and football but we are delighted in the last few years to get involved in women’s sport, whether it is with Supermacs or the Só Hotel Group.”
FAI Competitions Director, Fran Gavin spoke with great positivity about the League and the hopes to expand in the coming years while paying tribute to the new sponsors.
“The League is built around the clubs, the players, the FAI and now our partners, Só Hotels,” said FAI Competitions Director, Fran Gavin.”
“We have had very good sponsors for the Women’s National League with Bus Éireann and Continental. We have had lengthy relationships with them and we look forward to the same with the Só Hotel Group.”
Só Hotels – ‘Só’ meaning luxury in Irish – consists of six contemporary Irish hotels, namely the Charleville Park Hotel in Cork, Lough Rea Hotel & Spa in Galway, the Killeshin Hotel in Laois, Castletroy Park Hotel and the Castle Oaks House in Limerick and the Athlone Springs Hotel & Leisure Club in Athlone, Co. Westmeath.