Kirby Group and European GAA take on the world
August 9, 2016
Galway hurling legend, Ollie Canning, hosted a coaching session with a number of GAA teams from across Europe at Naomh Olaf’s GAA grounds in Dublin yesterday to officially launch the sponsorship of 8 European GAA teams by Kirby Group Engineering.
Kirby Group Engineering, a leading provider of multidisciplinary engineering services with operations in Ireland, UK and Europe, is sponsoring 8 European teams as they compete in the GAA Etihad Airways World Games taking place in University College Dublin from August 7th to 14th with the final to be held in Croke Park. The tournament will feature over 1,700 players and a total of 87 teams from 20 countries around the globe.
Kirby has sponsored 8 teams, including:
- European Hurling (Irish born)
- European Camogie (Mixed)
- European Men’s Football (Irish born)
- European Men’s Football (non-Irish born)
- 2 x European Ladies Football (non-Irish born)
- German Men’s Football (non-Irish born)
- German Hurling (non-Irish born)
The number of competing teams will more than triple this year compared to the first GAA World Games held in Abu Dhabi in 2015 and Germany is being seen as the hot new nation when it comes to the sport’s uptake. Hurling is growing at a fast pace, particularly in Germany where 6 new Hurling teams have been formed in the past 4 years.
Former Galway hurler Ollie Canning, Technical Sales Manager with Kirby Group Engineering remarked, “The growth of the GAA internationally in recent years is something that has been wonderful to witness. To see so many international players compete this week as part of the World games is incredible and I feel privileged to be part of the occasion and to pass on some words of encouragement to the players here today. It is immensely rewarding to see the enjoyment everyone is getting from our native games and I am also very proud that Kirby, a company I have worked for over the last six years, has come on board this year to support the ambitions of the European GAA team in such a meaningful way.”
Speaking about the role of Kirby Group Engineering in support of the European GAA teams, Brian Sheehy Chairperson of the European County Board, said “We are delighted to be representing Europe as part of the World Games this week. We have over 87 teams competing in the games this year. Interest in GAA continues to grow year on year across Europe and it is thanks to the support of companies such as Kirby that we are able to continue to promote and share our vision for the future of GAA across Europe.”
Managing Director of Kirby Group Engineering, Fergus Frawley, said, “I have always admired the contribution the GAA makes to communities across Ireland and this impact is now being felt across Europe as both Irish expats and indeed international citizens get to experience these wonderfully unique games. As a company, we share many of the same values of the GAA and their international expansion in recent years has in fact mirrored our own as a small Irish electrical contracting firm to a leading international provider of multidisciplinary engineering services with operations in Ireland, UK and Europe. I would like to wish all the European players the very best of luck at the World Games this week.”
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