Wicklow GAA announce €1.5m sponsorship deal

Wicklow Senator Pat Casey has welcomed the launch this evening by Minister of State for Sport Jack
Chambers TD of the largest sponsorship deal in Wicklow Sporting history between Echelon Data
Centres, together with Beakonshaw, and Wicklow GAA.

“The total value of the sponsorship deal is €1.5m, or €300,000 per year over five years. As part of the
sponsorship deal Echelon Data Centres and Beakonshaw will be Player Development Partners with
Wicklow GAA from 2023 to 2028. The sponsorship covers the men’s and juvenile football and hurling
setups throughout all of Wicklow.”

“From my work with Echelon in securing the largest commercial investment in Wicklow in our
economic history I was always anxious that there would be a significant investment in the wider
society of our County. I was delighted that Echelon immediately embraced the concept of
investment in sport and through these discussions a proposed partnership with Wicklow GAA was
developed and now brought to a successful conclusion.”

“As a former GAA player and Club Chairperson in Laragh, I am delighted that this new five year deal
will transform the growth of Gaelic games in Wicklow. There will be increased participation in GAA
games at all levels, increased coaching hours in schools and a culture of high performance across all
aspects of our organisation.”

“The 5 year partnership will drive standards to widen the talent pipeline for Senior Inter-County
squads, increase the structures around Senior, U20 & Minor Inter-County teams with the
appointment of a High-Performance Director for Wicklow GAA. There will be a further development
of our high performance facilities at our Centre of Excellence, Ballinakill.”

“I am delighted that this deal brings Echelon and Beakonshaw closer to the Wicklow communities of
which they are a part and provides an opportunity to ‘give back’ to the people of all villages and
towns. It allows Echelon and Beakonshaw to be a part of the wonderful GAA culture of inclusiveness
and providing opportunities for men, women, and children to lead healthy and active lives.”

“The significance of this deal is not only for fantastic news for all involved with the development of
GAA in Wicklow but it cements the relationship of these companies in the economic and social life of
Wicklow. This is why I am involved in politics – to deliver results for all the communities of our
county in economic and social development. I will continue working with these companies and
Wicklow GAA to ensure not only growth in local, sustainable jobs, but the successful development of
Gaelic in all areas of Wicklow.”

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