Bord na Móna and Offaly GAA have 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.
Commenting at the launch of the naming agreement in Bord na Móna O’Connor Park, 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.”
We were delighted to secure the naming rights for Offaly GAA’s brand new, state of the art centre of excellence located in Kilcormac. The key aspects of the new development include four new pitches (two fully floodlit); a complex with six modern dressing rooms, a meeting room/dining area and a weights/circuit training room; and a ball-wall with an all-weather surface. The centre was officialy opened by Mr John Horan, President Elect, GAA and Mr Pat Fitzgerald, Bord na Móna (and former All Ireland Winner with Offaly).
Speaking at the opening of Bord na Móna Faithful Fields, Mr Fitzgerald said “Bord na Móna are excited to come on board with this project. This new centre of excellence represents a new future for Offaly GAA that brings with it state of the art facilities for the young people of the County who are involved in the development squads. Bord na Móna are proud to associate our name with such an exciting and forward looking project. To have over 1,000 young boys and girls here today playing the first matches on the pitches is testament to the appetite that there is in the County to develop the games and hopefully bring success in the years to come. It is an achievement that should be measured in more than money. The quality of the facility underlines a commitment to excellence that is a credit to all involved.
Tommy Byrne, Chairman, Offaly GAA said: “We are thrilled to have Bord na Móna come on board and put their name to the future of Offaly GAA through Bord na Móna Faithful Fields. The location of the new facility near Kilcormac — between what have traditionally been considered the hurling and football areas of the county — places it at the very heart of Offaly. This further cements our association with Bord na Móna, a Company that has delivered significant employment to the communities of this region down through the years and follows our announcement earlier this year regarding the naming rights of Bord na Móna O’Connor Park. The opening of Bord na Móna Faithful Fields has been a supreme collaborative effort and I wish to thank sincerely all those involved in bringing it to fruition.