THE Launch for the Garveys Senior football Championship 2012 took place on Monday evening last in the Garveys Supervalu store in Rock Street Tralee.
Jim Garvey on behalf of Garvey's Supervalu performed the official launch, in the presence of Kerry player's Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks), Marc Ó Sé (West Kerry), Killian Young (South Kerry) and Patrick Curtin (Feale Rangers), County Board officers and the media.
Ger Galvin, Vice Chairman Kerry County Board, thanked Tomas Garvey and Garveys Supervalu for the renewal of their sponsorship of the Senior County Football Championship for 2012.
"Summer time must be on the way when championship fever starts. The draw for the opening round will be made on this Saturday, live on Radio Kerry during Maureen O'shea's GAA slot at 2.30. It's at that point when teams know who they are meeting, that the Championship kicks off in earnest with players, coaches, supporters and the media, all getting involved in the buzz that surrounds, the start of our football championship each year.
"I would like to thank Garveys Supervalu, Tomas, and Jim and all at Garveys, who came in as sponsors last year for the first time and have been magnificent sponsors.
"We are indebted to Tomas and Jim and Garveys for stepping into the breech and particularly in these tough economic times, it's great to see a local company like Garveys, take on the sponsorship of our championships.
"We know that Garveys Supervalu are also going to be involved in selling Championship tickets at discounted prices, as they did for the Munster U-21 Final, which proved a huge success. We look forward to working with you, possibly with County Championship tickets and other promotions throughout the summer, "Mr Galvin added.
Jim Garvey, on behalf of Garveys Supervalu, explained why they are delighted to be involved with Kerry County Board and sponsorship of the Senior Football Championship for a second year.
"Last year was our first year of being involved in sponsoring the Senior Football Championship and it was very much a learning process for us. This year is about building on the success of last year and strengthening the relationship we have with the County Board, with the players and with the Championship.
"Obviously as a family born and bred in Dingle, the family were always involved in the local GAA and aware of what the Championship means to Kerry people, so in many ways, it's an honour and a privilege to be involved in sponsoring it.
"From a Garveys Supervalu perspective, it is the fact that being local, we are involved with the communities where we have shops, so we are delighted to be involved.
An additional feature this year is that in all of our stores we will be selling tickets for all Championship matches, with the exception the All-ireland Final, and so if patrons keep an eye out, they will be able to purchase discounted Munster Football Championship and All-ireland Championship tickets in our stores throughout the summer. We will be advertising those ticket promotions as the year goes on, so this will be a bonus for all GAA supporters throughout the Championship season."
The draw for the first round of the Garveys Supervalu Senior County Football Championship 2012 will take place, on Saturday May 6, live on Radio Kerry Saturday Sport during the very popular Maureen O'shea's GAA slot at 2.30.