GAA Board announce new sponsorship deals

Roscommon County Board have secured three new sponsorship agreements for the County Intermediate Football Championship, the County Junior Football Championship and the O’Gara Cup Division 2 League.   The Intermediate Football Championship is sponsored for the coming year by George Bannon Sports, Main Street, Roscommon.   George Bannon is a well-known businessman in Roscommon town and has a long association with sport in general and the GAA in particular. The new sponsorship deal for the Intermediate Football Championship will see George Bannon Sports replace the Roscommon Herald as sponsors of this championship.   The Intermediate Football Championship has always been keenly contested and is viewed by many clubs in the county as the most difficult championship to win. This year’s championship should prove no exception and will have further status with the provision of the Jamesie Murray Cup for the winners.  This year is the second time this trophy will be on offer for the winner of the Intermediate Championship with St. Dominic’s having won it in 2007.   2008 sees the Junior Championship become an all-county one for the first time. Prior to this year, the County Junior Championship was run by the Divisional Boards. The winner of the Divisional Championships met in the County final to decide the County Champions.   Following a motion to the County Board, this year’s Junior Championship will be run on an all-county basis and is sponsored by the Roscommon People newspaper. This new sponsorship sees the youngest local newspaper take up the role of the sponsor of the Junior Football Championship. As well as being the newest local media outlet, the Roscommon People is also the first sponsor to be associated with the Junior Football Championship. In addition to raising the status of the competition, the new sponsorship deal will ensure additional coverage for the competition in the local media.   The O’Gara Cup, which has long being associated with Michael Holland Tyres, has a new sponsor for 2008 – John Corcoran Menswear, Roscommon. John Corcoran has a close connection with the GAA and in particular with St. Dominic’s.   The O’Gara Cup has increased in status in recent years as competition for promotion to the O’Rourke Cup increases. This year’s competition should prove no exception and the O’Gara Cup promotion spot will be keenly contested. The streamlining of the County Leagues over the last three years has raised the status of the County leagues and this year, being the last year of a three-year cycle, will ensure that every O’Gara Cup game will be very important in determining promotion and relegation.     Roscommon County Board is grateful for the sponsorship and is deeply indebted to the new sponsors, George Bannon, The Roscommon People and John Corcoran Menswear for their assistance.   The Board would like to thank Michael Holland Tyres and the Roscommon Herald for their sponsorship and support in the past and looks forward to continuing to build on its relationship with the businesses and commercial community in the county.   If you have any queries on the above contact Michael Fahey, PRO Roscommon County Board on 087 2395169 or email