ONE of the GAA’s biggest team sponsorship deals has come to an end with Aer Arann ending their relationship with the Galway football teams. The five-year deal between the parties had two more years to run.
The exact amount involved was never revealed by either party, but a figure of around €500,000 over the five years was not denied by either the sponsors or the Galway Football Board at the time of the launch.
Aer Arann chairman, Pádraig Ó Céidigh, a native of Spiddal, who at the sponsorship launch in January 2008 described the link-up with Galway GAA as “one of the proudest moments of my life”, has been involved in Gaelic Games in his native county since his playing days and was also a member of a special task force assembled last year to undertake a review of Galway football.
The airline exited examinership just a few weeks ago after posting multi-million euro losses over a two-and-a-half year period.
It is thought that their sponsorship to the Galway Football Board had been honoured until they entered examinership.
Aer Arann is also a sponsor of the Connacht Rugby team and has a sponsorship agreement with Munster Rugby.
Neither of these is under threat at the moment.
When contacted, Aer Arann said they would not be issuing any statement at the present time.
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