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London seeking ground sponsor
17 Apr 2015 08:08
Corporate naming rights for the new London GAA development at Ruislip will be up put up for offer according to London Chairman Noel O’Sullivan.
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London GAA are set to follow the lead of Cavan, Carlow and Wexford in seeking a title sponsor for the grounds, which is due to undergo a €5 million revamp, which includes a 2,330 all-seater stand for the first time.
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O’Sullivan revealed last night that negotiations are already underway with a number of companies.
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“It’s a possibility,” O’Sullivan said.
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“There is negotiations going on at the moment with a couple of parties, who are very keen to name this ground in the name of their companies."
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London GAA is committed to raising £500,000 for the project, and has already realised half of that target through a number of sponsors.
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“We are absolutely delighted to be at this stage of the project,” he said.
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“We didn’t want to rush the project and we wanted to make sure it was done properly and not to start something where there would be hiccups in the future.
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“It has been a long time coming, and without the help of Croke Park, they have brought us to where we are today without a shadow of a doubt."
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Every GAA club in Ireland is also being asked to make a donation through the ‘Keep a Connection’ scheme.
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Speaking at the official sod turning of the new facility at Ruislip last night, GAA President Aogan Ó Fearghail added.
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“I have always said the GAA is a family. This is very much part of our Championship, this is very much part of our constituency and this is very much the same as development in Kerry or in Cavan,” he said.
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“It just happens it’s in London. We are totally behind what is happening here. We were very keen all along that things would be right.
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“We don’t in GAA tend to not plan things and do them because it’s a good idea. There were times we did that, but things are a bit more strategic now. We like to look at it in a broader and wider way and make sure everything is right.
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“This project is now ready to go and we are delighted with that - it’s a substantial investment."
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