Bord na Móna and Offaly GAA have today announced a ten year partnership naming agreement for Bord na Móna O’Connor Park in Tullamore, Co Offaly. Bord na Móna, a significant employer in Offaly and right across the midlands with in excess of 2,100 staff, has a long and distinguished history with the GAA and in particular the people of Offaly. This deal will further enhance the links between both organisations and provides ongoing support and investment for the future of Offaly GAA.
In what is a very exciting development for Bord na Móna, CEO Mike Quinn said; “Bord na Móna O’Connor Park is the latest initiative by Bord na Móna to further cement our links with the people of Offaly and Offaly GAA. We have a long and distinguished history in delivering for these communities down through the years and we will continue to do so into the future. Bord na Móna has always been the dominant employer in this region, which in no small part led to on field success of Offaly teams in capturing Sam Maguire and Liam McCarthy in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. All of the teams had real and tangible links to Bord na Móna. The naming agreement for Bord na Móna O’Connor Park is the latest chapter in the rich and illustrious history of both organisations.”
Commenting at the launch of the naming agreement in Bord na Móna O’Connor Park today, Offaly County Board Chairman, Tommy Byrne, said; “This is a very natural fit for both organisations. Everybody across the county knows the value Bord na Móna has brought to the people of Offaly down through the years. This naming agreement demonstrates real confidence by them in the entire Offaly GAA structure and we are delighted to have them come on board with us in what is a very positive step for all concerned.”
Bord na Móna employee and All Ireland winner with Offaly in 1982, Pat Fitzgerald, said; “This is a great day for both Bord na Móna and the Offaly GAA community. Whilst we can talk for hours upon end on the role played by Bord na Móna in the successes of Offaly GAA down through the years, today is all about the future for Offaly GAA. I look forward to seeing successful Offaly teams in football, hurling, ladies football and camogie grace Bord na Móna O’Connor park for years to come.”
About Bord na Móna O’Connor Park
Bord na Móna O’Connor Park is a GAA stadium in Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland. It is the home of the Offaly GAA Gaelic football and hurling teams. The ground was opened in 1934, redeveloped in 2006 and has a capacity of 20,000.
The ground is owned by Tullamore GAA club, but was leased out by the Offaly County Board for 35 years in 2002 for use in inter-county matches.