Suzuki Press Release

Press Release

Taoiseach and His Excellency, the Japanese Ambassador
to Ireland, Launch Suzuki Ladies National Football League

Three-Year Sponsorship Agreement Announced




Taoiseach Bertie Ahern T.D., accompanied by His Excellency
the Japanese Ambassador to Ireland Keiichi Hayashi
and his wife Hiroko, today launched the Suzuki Ladies’
National Football League for 2006 at a reception in
Croke Park. It was announced that Suzuki Ireland has
entered into a new three year sponsorship arrangement
with Cumann Peil Gael na mBan to sponsor the National

will extend Suzuki Ireland’s association with the
Ladies National Football League to six years. Speaking
at the launch Niall O’Gorman, General Manager, Suzuki
Ireland said, “I am very pleased to announce
here today that Suzuki Ireland has given a commitment
to the Ladies Gaelic Football Association to sponsor
the National League for three more seasons, 2006,
2007 and 2008. This is a vote of confidence in the
association and allows for more long term planning.”

first became involved in the National League in
2003 and renewed the sponsorship annually before
deciding to make this long term commitment. Welcoming
the news, the President of the Ladies Football Association,
Geraldine Giles, expressed her delight and appreciation
of the support.

have enjoyed a wonderful relationship with Suzuki
during a period of rapid growth for the game. This
agreement provides us with great stability and will
allow us to continue to promote and develop the
game and to ensure that we remain one of the most
vibrant sports in this country,” she said.

Hayashi told the gathering; “I would like to
offer my warmest congratulations to the Ladies Gaelic
Football Association on the launch of the Suzuki
Ladies National Football League 2006. It gives me
particularly great pleasure that the Japanese company
Suzuki has been able to contribute to the development
of traditional Irish sports. This is a further example
of the dynamic partnership which happily exists
between Ireland and Japan.”

Suzuki Ladies National Football League opens next
Sunday with the big clash of the day between the
all-conquering Cork team of last year beginning
their defence of this title by travelling to play
Galway, last year’s beaten All-Ireland finalists,
in Division 1B. The other games in that group see
Meath play Roscommon and Monaghan hosting Donegal.
In Division 1A Kerry play Mayo, Waterford meet Dublin
and Armagh meet Tyrone in a big Ulster derby.

32 counties are represented in the three division
league, while eleven counties – Galway, Laois, Cork,
Kerry, Tipperary, Mayo, Meath, Waterford, Dublin,
Louth and Monaghan – will field “B” teams
in their own two group league. The Division One
and Two finals will be shown live under floodlights
on TG4 on Saturday 6th May.

further information contact:

Dónal Keenan @ 01 2801091

Gaelic Football @ 01 8363156

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