Rebels have sponsors in the frame

The Cork hurlers and footballers will wear O2-branded jerseys for the next few weeks under the terms of the county board’s contract with the telecommunications giant.

O2’s long relationship with Cork ended before Christmas but board sources confirmed yesterday that the sponsorship agreement covers the interregnum before a new sponsor takes over. Hence the footballers sported jerseys with the old O2 logo in the McGrath Cup, while the hurlers will wear similar gear for the Waterford Crystal Cup.

Meanwhile, Japanese car manufactures Hyundai are in the frame to take over from O2 as Cork GAA sponsors.

The car giant is one of several commercial bodies in the mix to take over on Leeside, but it is not expected that a deal will be formalised before the first county board meeting of the new year, which is scheduled for the end of this month.

The time is running short if Cork are to have a sponsor in place for the national leagues; the county footballers begin with a glamour tie against Dublin on February 2 in Croke Park, while the hurlers have an equally attractive starter, hosting Tipperary under lights at Páirc Uí Rinn on February 22.


© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved

Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

More in this Section

The major selection issues facing the Mayo and Kerry managers

Putting Templenoe on the map again

‘We need to move into fifth gear on Sunday’

Barry Murphy replaces Mike Mackey for Limerick semi clash


Breaking Stories

Relegation threatened Sligo Rovers beat Cork City at Turner's Cross

Rory McIlroy plays on in pursuit of FedEx Cup glory

Kerry team revealed ahead of semi-final with Mayo

Winston Reid set to see out career at West Ham after signing new long term deal

Lifestyle

Classical Review: Ensemble Marsyas

Album Review: Grizzly Bear - Painted Ruins

The greatest journey: Voyager's mission is coming to an end

Digital distraction: Are smartphones dumbing down students?

More From The Irish Examiner