Tegral have announced they are to cease sponsorship of Kildare GAA.
The news broke yesterday (Monday) morning after a press released was issued on behalf of the Athy based company by Walsh PR.
“Everyone within and associated with Tegral is sharing the burden of the diminished business situation and unfortunately our sponsorship programme also has to be curtailed,” said Paddy Kelly, Tegral’s Managing Director.
He added: “We have supported the Kildare footballers from the Mick O’Dwyer era right through to the present day and were proud to be involved when the senior footballers won the Leinster Championship in 1998 and 2000 and reached the All-Ireland final in 1998. Also during our sponsorship both the Under 21s and juniors won two Leinster titles each. We will support the Kildare County Board in seeking to find a replacement sponsor,” said Mr Kelly.
The news couldn’t have come at a worse time for Kildare GAA, who find themselves in a precarious financial position. They must now go in search of new main sponsor.
It is believed Tegral gave the county board in excess of E100,000 per year since assuming the role of main sponsor.
It was one of the longest running sponsorship deals in the GAA, however, the company have been facing difficulties due to the collapse of the construction industry.
There are 110 people currently employed in Tegral in Athy but many of those workers are on part time hours. At its height in 2007 there were more than 300 people employed by the Kildare company. It’s E75m expansion to a new site on Stowland Road in Athy has also been on postponed for a number of years.