The property development company, which is owned by Roscommon native Sean Mulryan and acknowledged as a pioneer of some of Europe’s largest regeneration projects, also sponsors Roscommon GAA.
Speaking at the announcement of the new sponsorship deal, Sean Mulryan, Ballymore Chairman and group Chief Executive, said: “I am a sponsor of a few GAA teams including my county team Roscommon but I am particularly pleased to sponsor Gaelic football at university level for the first time. I am an admirer of the set up at DCU and the standards achieved. It is a university going places”.
Professor Daire Keogh, President of Dublin City University, said: “I warmly welcome Ballymore’s sponsorship of DCU Dóchas Éireann. This agreement represents a significant investment in the future development of our talented student athletes. It will ensure that our men’s and women’s teams will have the support they need to maximise their sporting performance, while also excelling academically”.
DCU Dóchas Éireann is the largest third level Gaelic Games club in the country with 33 teams fielded across all codes and over 1,400 members. They have ten men’s teams and seven ladies’ teams. The men’s team are the current holders of the Sigerson Cup, landing the title in 2020 with the competition hosted on DCU campuses. This is their fifth success in the competition over the last fifteen years. This success is mirrored on the ladies side, which recently won the Division One League title and look forward to hosting the O’Connor Cup in March spread over three days, including International Women’s Day.
DCU Dóchas Éireann GAA club provides a proven development pathway for young players from across the country. The successes of Dublin, Donegal and Mayo teams in recent years have featured a number of players who have been successful in DCU on a playing and academic front. While on the ladies’ front the successes of Dublin and recently Meath have been backboned by a strong DCU contingent.
The sponsorship deal will enable DCU Dóchas Éireann to invest in nurturing talented young players, providing the university’s elite student athletes with cutting-edge supports that enable them to combine the highest standards of sporting performance and academic achievement.