Irish Daily Star Camogie Leagues throw in 
Wexford will be looking to record a hat trick of Division One title when the Irish Daily Star National Camogie League gets under way this Sunday.
This is the second year of the partnership between the Camogie Association and the Irish Daily Star.
“Last season was our first year as sponsor of the Irish Daily Star Camogie Leagues and it proved to be a great success,” said Ger Colleran, managing Director of the Irish Daily Star. “We got a great reaction to our enhanced weekly coverage of the games and this helped cement our position as Ireland’s premier sporting newspaper.  We are committed to providing the very best coverage of all sport at every level to our readership of nearly 400,000.”
“The Irish Daily Star National Leagues are of huge significance and have formed an important launching pad for future All Ireland success later in the year,” said Joan O’Flynn, President of the Camogie Association.  “Last year’s Division One and Two champions, Wexford and Waterford went on to secure Senior and Premier Junior titles last September.  We really value the enormous contribution of such a strong national brand like the Irish Daily Star in promoting the National Leagues.”
The Camogie Association is currently seeking sponsorship for the All Ireland Championships.  The sport has over 100,000 loyal members and 550 clubs across the country.
The previous headline sponsors Gala were involved for five years and CEO Gary Desmond said “We thoroughly enjoyed the partnership and it was very beneficial to the Gala brand in terms of exposure and engagement with our audience.”
Bushmills Dunes Golf Resort gets green light
Plans for a £100 million development of the Bushmills Dunes Golf Resort & Spa were given the go ahead yesterday by planning authorities in Northern Ireland.  The new resort will be close to Royal Portrush where the Irish Open will be held this summer, and to the Giants Causeway.
Bushmills Dunes will include a championship links golf course, a five-star 120-bedroom hotel and 75 villas. Construction could start later this year in a bid to have the course and accommodation ready by the summer of 2014.  It is expected to create in the region of 360 jobs.
The man behind the project is Dr Alistair Hanna, a graduate of Queens University Belfast and the Harvard Business School, who lives in New York but has maintained a lifetime involvement in projects in Northern Ireland.
Sport is good for Business…
Major sporting sponsors the Kerry Group and Centra have both announced very strong financial stories this week.  Kerry Group annual profits were up 11% at €500 million while Centra, sponsors of the All Ireland Hurling Championship, unveiled plans to invest €10 million in 20 new stores creating 300 new jobs around the country.
Kerry Group, apart from being supporters of Kerry GAA and cycling, has had a major  influence on sports management through the long time involvement of alumni Denis Brosnan and Dick O’Sullivan across a range of sports.
… and good for health
The health benefits of an active lifestyle are well documented but so too are the benefits of an association with sporting stars.  This week alone Padraig Harrington has been in front of Lollipop Day, the national appeal for research into Oesophageal Cancer; Brent Pope has been promoting Habitat for Humanity; and the Gaelic Players Association has signed up to a major partnership with Headstrong to raise awareness and lessen the stigma attached to mental health issues in young people.
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