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Dublin expect to get new sponsor during summer

DUBLIN County Board chairman Andy Kettle says he expects to have secured a new flagship sponsor "within two months", and remains hopeful of landing a similarly lucrative deal to the current arrangement with outgoing financial backers Vodafone.

"Over the next six weeks, we will be going to market and we hope to have someone tied up within two months," he explained.

"We feel that the brand is capable of generating that kind of revenue."

Kettle was speaking yesterday at the announcement that Dublin will don the logo of Pieta House, the suicide awareness organisation, for their opening Leinster SFC clash against Westmeath in Croke Park on Saturday week after agreement with Vodafone, whose deal with Dublin GAA will elapse at the end of the year.

Under a new rule passed by Congress in March, counties can now put two different sponsors on their jerseys but Kettle says the prospect of a multi-company deal is unlikely to attract top dollar. "Then you're talking about a secondary sponsor," he explained. "My own feeling is that Dublin would support one major sponsor, and that sponsor would not want to dilute it with someone else."

CARTON CARRIES LARRIERS TO VICTORY OVER SAINTS

Conor Carton's 11 points helped O'Toole's recover from a slow start to eventually overcome St Vincent's by 2-18 to 3-12 in their Dublin AHL Division 1 encounter at Blunden Drive, writes Rónán Mac Lochlainn.

The visitors led by 0-6 to 0-0 after 10 minutes and a Tomás Connolly goal saw Vinnies lead by 2-8 to 1-9 by the interval. But the Larriers improved after the break with a Peadar Carton goal ensuring their win.

Elsewhere, Brian Fitzgerald and Barry Connolly shared 1-9 with strong displays from Shane Walsh and Simon Timlin crucial in Cuala's 1-16 to 1-14 win over Faughs.

DUBLIN - AHL1: Craobh Chiaráin 3-11 Lucan Sarsfields 3-11; Kilmacud Crokes 1-11 Ballyboden St Enda's 3-8; Cuala 1-16 Crumlin 1-14; Na Fianna 0-15 Faughs 1-9; St Brigid's 0-11 St Jude's 1-14; O'Toole's 2-18 St Vincent's 3-12. AHL2: Nh Fionnbarra 1-12 Ballinteer St John's 1-12; St Oliver Plunkett's/ER 1-10 Kevin's 1-15. Whitehall Colmcille 0-8 Erin's Isle 0-14: Ballyboden St Enda's 0-15 Clan na Gael Fontenoy 1-12; Setanta 3-13 Nh Mearnóg 1-9; St Patrick's (P) 2-14 Raheny 1-11.


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