Renault Ireland has been announced as the title sponsor of the 2019 GAA World Games, which were officially launched at Croke Park yesterday and will bring some 1,300 players from 10 regions around the globe home to play this summer.
Renault Ireland has also signed up to become the official car partner of the GAA and GPA, a shared arrangement that will operate through the Le Chéile partnership programme between the two organisations.
The deal with renault Ireland, extending their existing relationship with Gaelic games through partnerships wit Westmeath and Wickow County Boards, will run for a period of three years.
The key element in 2019 will be support for the third-ever staging of the World Games.
We staged the first in Abu Dhabi and the second here in Ireland with the finals at Croke Park, said GAA President John Horan.
“When we spoke to our international unites there was a strong feeling that playing the finals in the stadium here was something very special so we listened and that’s what we are doing, alongside the bulk of the games taking place in Waterford.”
Those initial stages of the event will be played out at the Sports Campus of Waterford Institute of Technology in Carriganore from July 28 to August 1, with the finals taking place on August 2 at Croke Park.
In keeping with the tradition of other GAA festivals, visiting teams will be twinned with local clubs throughout Waterford to enhance the social and cultural element of the Games.
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There are now more than 400 GAA Clubs in existence outside of Ireland and this is reflected in the presence of 97 teams that are confirmed for the Renault GAA World Games and representing clubs from across Europe, New York, USGAA, South Africa, Argentina, Canada, Britain, Australasia, India, Asia and the Middle East.
World titles for Football, Ladies football, Hurling and Camogie will be on offer with competing teams made up specifically of native born or Irish born players.
There will be eight finals in all on a hectic day of international activity at Croke Park and with four finals staged for Irish-born players in Football, Ladies football, Hurling and Camogie and then another four finals for native born players competing across the four codes.
In total it is anticipated that approximately 5,000 people will be involved in this year’s Games between players, team officials, administrators, families and supporters.
“One of the great privileges of the GAA Presidency has been the opportunity to see at first hand the phenomenal growth and development of Gaelic games overseas and witnessing the success of World GAA,” continued Horan.
“GAA Clubs abroad provide an invaluable service to the Irish Diaspora establishing a home from home and are proving increasing popular with non-native Irish won over to the skills of football, hurling and camogie.
“The Renault GAA World Games is a celebration of this success story. It reflects the world-wide popularity of Gaelic Games and I want to acknowledge Renault for their invaluable support in assisting us in the 2019 event.”
“We are delighted to be the title sponsor of the 2019 GAA World Games and look forward to working with the Association and the players as official car partner of the GAA/GPA over the next three years,” said Patrick Magee, Country Operations Director, Renault Group Ireland.
“We are involved in a lot of sponsorships but on a personal level this means a lot to me. My family has always been involved, my Sister Chris is secretary of the Wicklow Board and it has always been a central part of my life.”
“In Ireland aligning with the GAA gets us to the very heart of communities and we are very proud to be involved at so many different levels.”
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