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Ten-Year Bord Na Mona O'Connor Park Naming Deal

Thursday, 8 June 2017

BORD na Mona and Offaly GAA yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) confirmed their naming agreement for O'Connor Park.
Last week the Tribune reported the energy company and the GAA were on the verge of finalising a deal after Tullamore GAA Club, owners of the ground, gave the arrangement the go-ahead.
Under a ten-year partnership, the stadium in Tullamore will be known as Bord na Mona O'Connor Park.
Mike Quinn, chief executive of Bord na Mona, which employs more than 2,100 people across the Midlands, said the naming deal was a 'very exciting' development for the energy company.
'Bord na Mona O'Connor Park is the latest initiative by Bord na Mona to further cement our links with the people of Offaly and Offaly GAA,' said Mr Quinn.
'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 Mona 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 Mona. The naming agreement for Bord na Mona O'Connor Park is the latest chapter in the rich and illustrious history of both organisations.'
Tommy Byrne, chair of Offaly GAA County Board, described the agreement as a 'very natural fit'.
'Everybody across the county knows the value Bord na Mona has brought to the people of Offaly down through the years,' said Mr Byrne.
'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.'
Pat Fitzgerald, a Bord na Mona employee and member of the 1982 All-Ireland senior football winning team, said it was a 'great day' for the company and the Offaly GAA community.
'Whilst we can talk for hours upon end on the role played by Bord na Mona in the successes of Offaly GAA down through the years, today is all about the future for Offaly GAA,' said Mr Fitzgerald.
'I look forward to seeing successful Offaly teams in football, hurling, ladies football and camogie grace Bord na Mona O'Connor Park for years to come.'

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