12 March 2019

Renault GAA World Games 2019 launched

Renault Ireland is the title sponsor of the 2019 GAA World Games, officially launched at Croke Park last week, and which will bring some 1,300 players from 10 regions around the globe home to play this summer, writes Trish Whelan.

Renault Ireland is also the official car partner of the GAA and GPA.

This will mark the third-ever staging of the competition with the 2019 Renault GAA World Games set to be the biggest and best yet. The initial stages of the event will be played out at the Sports Campus of Waterford Institute of Technology in Carriganore from 28 July to 1 August, with the finals taking place on 2 August at Croke Park.

Pictured above at the announcement of the sponsorship in Croke Park were: Dessie Dolan, former Westmeath footballer and Renault Ambassador; Boidu Sayeh, Westmeath Senior Football team; Lyndsey Davey, Dublin Senior Women’s Football team; Nathan Dolan (6); Kay May Magee (8); Paddy Magee, Country Operations Director, Renault Ireland and Patrick O’Connor, Wicklow Senior Football Team.

Visiting teams will be twinned with local clubs throughout Waterford to enhance the social and cultural element of the Games.

There are now over 400 GAA Clubs outside of Ireland and this is reflected in the presence of 97 teams that are confirmed for the Renault GAA World Games and representing clubs from across Europe, New York, US GAA, South Africa, Argentina, Canada, Britain, Australasia, India, Asia and the Middle East.

World titles for football, ladies football, hurling and camogie will be on offer with competing teams made up specifically of native born or Irish born players.

Eight finals will take place on a hectic day of international activity at Croke Park and with four finals staged for Irish-born players and then another four finals for native born players competing across the four codes.

It is anticipated that around 5,000 people will be involved in this year’s Games between players, team officials, administrators, families and supporters.

The Renault GAA World Games 2019 will showcase the extent to which the passion and participation for Gaelic Games has now spread far beyond our shores. The collage of international colours on parade will also be made possible by the on-going support of official kit suppliers O’Neills.

In addition to the World Games, a three-year partnership as official car partner to the GAA and GPA cements Renault’s ongoing support for GAA heroes on and off the field. Renault Ireland has been the county sponsor for the Westmeath senior and minor football and hurling teams since 2014, and together with Joe Mallon Motor Group, the brand recently announced its sponsorship of the Wicklow county senior football team for the next three years.

Uachtaran Cumann Luthchleas Gael John Horan said “GAA Clubs abroad provide an invaluable service to the Irish Diaspora establishing a home from home and are proving increasing popular with non-native Irish won over to the skills of football, hurling and camogie. The Renault GAA World Games is a celebration of this success story. I want to acknowledge Renault for their invaluable support in assisting us in the 2019 event.”

Patrick Magee, Country Operations Director, Renault Group Ireland said: “The GAA is such an integral part of communities across Ireland and around the world, as demonstrated by the success of the GAA World Games and we look forward to a successful Games in Waterford in late July. GAA already plays a key role in our business model, as well as without our 26 dealerships and we are excited about this partnership and getting on the road in 2019 and beyond.”