TWO small businesses will get the marketing opportunity of their lives next month when their names will appear on the Leinster and Munster rugby team jerseys.
Gahan Meats are to sponsor Leinster and Ryan Stoves will sponsor Munster for both teams' Heineken Cup Games on the weekend of January 17.
The companies were winners of a Bank of Ireland ‘Sponsor for a Day' competition in association with Independent News & Media.
Dublin-based Gahan Meats won a sponsorship package for the Leinster v Ospreys game at the RDS on January 17, while Tipperary's Ryan Stoves will be on display at Munster v Edinburgh at Thomond Park on the following Sunday.
The winners will receive a prize which includes the company logo on the Leinster and Munster players' jerseys, pitch signage, corporate hospitality for 10 guests, a match programme advert, photographs with the team and profiling support from Bank of Ireland, Munster & Leinster Rugby and INM.
Leinster winners Gahan Meats, a third-generation family business, is run by Declan, Veronica, Nigel and James Gahan.
Gahan supplies quality meats to a number of the hotels and caterers and won the best supplier award at the National Procurement Awards 2011. They also own two retail outlets – a factory shop off the North Road in Finglas and a butcher shop on Collins Avenue in Killester.
Nigel Gahan said: “It is a true honour to have our family business associated with such a successful team as Leinster rugby.”
Munster winners Ryan Stoves are based in Tippe-rary and in Limerick’s Parkway Shopping Centre.
It is also a family business, supplying stoves at affordable prices with expert installation. Ryans won the Charnwood Stoves dealer of the year award for the last 10 years.
Managing director Larry Ryan said: “As a proud supporter and an ex-rugby player I often dreamed of playing in a Munster jersey. This is a perfect outlet to help us build awareness for our company.”