Sunday 17 December 2017

Lucky firms take pride of place on jerseys in rugby sponsor win

Bank of Ireland Sponsor for a Day winner Gahan Meats delivering the Gahan Meats branded Leinster jerseys to Leinster captain Leo Cullen at UCD
Bank of Ireland Sponsor for a Day winner Gahan Meats delivering the Gahan Meats branded Leinster jerseys to Leinster captain Leo Cullen at UCD
Bank of Ireland Sponsor for a Day winner Larry Ryan of Ryan Stoves delivering the Ryan Stoves branded Munster jerseys to Munster bag man Jack Kiely at Thomond Park. Pictured (L-R) Jack Kiely of Munster Rugby and Larry Ryan of Ryan Stoves Photo: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Cormac Murphy

TWO lucky businesses will see their logos emblazoned on the jerseys of Leinster and Munster players this weekend.

In a promotion run in association with Independent.ie, Bank of Ireland has given up its jersey sponsorship of both teams in favour of Gahan Meats in Leinster and Ryan Stoves in Munster.

This weekend's crucial Heineken Cup games see Leinster take on Ospreys tonight in the RDS, and Munster battle it out with Edinburgh on Sunday at Thomond Park.

The lucky businesses were the winners of the Bank of Ireland Sponsor for a Day competition, run in conjunction with Independent.ie.

Valued at a minimum of €50,000, each prize includes the winning company's logo on the Munster or Leinster jerseys, pitch signage, corporate hospitality for 10 guests and a match programme advert.

The call for entries was issued last October through Independent Newspapers titles and on Independent.ie. It led to more than 600 entries.

A judging panel consisting of Mick Dawson (CEO Leinster Rugby); Garrett Fitzgerald (CEO Munster Rugby); Gerry Prizeman (Head of Small Business & Agriculture -- BOI) and Richard Curran (Independent Newspapers business columnist) selected a shortlist of five in each province.

The selected companies were put forward to a public vote on Independent.ie.

Nigel Gahan of Gahan Meats said: "It is a true honour to be associated with such a successful team like Leinster Rugby."

Larry Ryan, managing director of Ryan Stoves, said: "The response we have received from our customers has been overwhelming and I am sure this positive exposure will continue long after the match on Sunday."

Irish Independent

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