Senator Pat Casey welcomes largest Sponsorship deal for Wicklow GAA in its history

Published on: 28 October 2022

Wicklow Senator Pat Casey has welcomed the launch this evening by Minister of State for Sport Jack Chambers TD of the largest sponsorship deal in Wicklow Sporting history between Echelon Data Centres, together with Beakonshaw, and Wicklow GAA.

“The total value of the sponsorship deal is €1.5m, or €300,000 per year over five years. As part of the sponsorship deal Echelon Data Centres and Beakonshaw will be Player Development Partners with Wicklow GAA from 2023 to 2028. The sponsorship covers the men’s and juvenile football and hurling setups throughout all of Wicklow.”

“From my work with Echelon in securing the largest commercial investment in Wicklow in our economic history I was always anxious that there would be a significant investment in the wider society of our County. I was delighted that Echelon immediately embraced the concept of investment in sport and through these discussions a proposed partnership with Wicklow GAA was developed and now brought to a successful conclusion.”

“As a former GAA player and Club Chairperson in Laragh, I am delighted that this new five year deal will transform the growth of Gaelic games in Wicklow. There will be increased participation in GAA games at all levels, increased coaching hours in schools and a culture of high performance across all aspects of our organisation.”

“The 5-year partnership will drive standards to widen the talent pipeline for Senior Inter-County squads, and increase the structures around Senior, U20 & Minor Inter-County teams with the appointment of a High-Performance Director for Wicklow GAA. There will be a further development of our high-performance facilities at our Centre of Excellence, Ballinakill.”

 “I am delighted that this deal brings Echelon and Beakonshaw closer to the Wicklow communities of which they are a part and provides an opportunity to ‘give back to the people of all villages and towns. It allows Echelon and Beakonshaw to be a part of the wonderful GAA culture of inclusiveness and providing opportunities for men, women, and children to lead healthy and active lives.”

“The significance of this deal is not only fantastic news for all involved with the development of GAA in Wicklow but it cements the relationship of these companies in the economic and social life of Wicklow. This is why I am involved in politics – to deliver results for all the communities of our county in economic and social development. I will continue working with these companies and Wicklow GAA to ensure not only growth in local, sustainable jobs, but the successful development of Gaelic in all areas of Wicklow.”



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