AIG to sponsor Dublin GAA teams
AIG Ireland have been revealed as the new sponsors of Dublin GAA in what is a major new five-year sponsorship deal for the capital's inter-county hurling and football teams at all levels.
One of the largest insurance companies in the country, AIG (American International Group) replace Dublin's previous sponsors Vodafone who signed a three-year contract with the Dubs in 2010, valued at around €4.65m.
The new deal with AIG Ireland is reportedly worth €2m over five years, with the Dublin County Board no doubt hoping that their inter-county sides can continue to produce the results on the pitch that they did during the Vodafone sponsorship.
The telecommunications provider was on board for the Dublin footballers' treble this year of All-Ireland, Leinster and National League honours, as well as their 2011 All-Ireland win.
'Vodafone' was also on the hurlers' jerseys when they won National League and Leinster titles and when the Under-21 and minor footballers were crowned All-Ireland champions (both in 2012).
The nature of the AIG deal means that for the first time ever, the Dublin Ladies football and Camogie teams will also come under the one sponsorship umbrella.
The agreement comes into effect on November 1 next, and a new Dublin jersey will be launched within the next month - neatly timed to coincide with the Christmas market.
Announcing the sponsorship, AIG Ireland General Manager Declan O'Rourke said: "This is a massive day for AIG in Ireland and we are thrilled to be associated with Dublin GAA. We are extremely proud to unite all the GAA family in the capital – Football, Hurling, Camogie and Ladies football – under one sponsorship brand, AIG.
"The future is bright for Gaelic games in the county, with strong clubs rooted in communities in the city, the suburbs and rural areas of county Dublin.
"As a sponsor, we hope to assist with the growth of Gaelic games and help Dublin promote these fantastic games which form part of the social fabric of Irish society.
"This sponsorship is a clear statement that AIG is committed to both the Irish insurance market and the Irish community for the long term. It solidifies AIG's track record of supporting amateur sport in Ireland.
"Dublin GAA is a huge organisation, supporting 92 clubs, 100,000 associated members, 320 active primary schools and organises 4,000 adult club games every year.
"As a passionate GAA supporter myself, I understand how important sponsorship revenue is to ensure that these structures are supported and to ensure GAA is promoted at all levels from GAA nurseries to the stars who appear in Croke Park."
Welcoming the deal, Dublin County Board Chairman Andy Kettle said: "This sponsorship deal is a really significant boost to everyone associated with Dublin GAA. The strength of the Dublin brand is illustrated by our ability to negotiate this outstanding sponsorship in a depressed economic market.
"AIG is a blue chip organisation with a proven track record in sponsorship and they are going to be an exceptional partner and they fully understand what we are trying to achieve in Dublin.
"The sponsorship revenue is critical in helping towards our expenditure on club coaching programmes and inter-county teams at all levels.
"AIG is also finalising their sponsorship activation plans which will promote GAA in the capital at all levels. We are very much looking forward to working closely with AIG over the next five years to ensure this partnership is mutually beneficial.
"This is an exciting time for Dublin GAA on and off the pitch. We have won the All-Ireland senior football title for the second time in three years and won our first Leinster senior hurling title since 1961 and have significantly increased underage participation levels in recent years. Attracting an organisation like AIG shows just how far we have come off the field."
AIG, who employ close to 400 people in Ireland, have over 150,000 policy holders in the country. Its principal products are car insurance, home insurance, travel insurance and commercial insurance.