R & M Developments today announced its continuing commitment to Fullen Gaels Hurling Club in Manchester with a new sponsorship deal for the 2017-2018 season.
It will be the fifth year of support from the GM construction and investment group.
Hurling is best described as a combination of hockey, shinty and lacrosse and is mainly played in Ireland, but is popular with Irish ex-pats overseas. In 2005 the Fullen Gaels Hurling Club in Manchester was founded, named after the late Emmet Fullen – a native of County Derry in the Irish province of Ulster – who served as a priest in Manchester for many years.
From relatively modest beginnings and few players, the club has gone from strength to strength in the last 12 years, attracting sponsors like R & M Developments, who help fund travel to tournaments across the UK and maintain club facilities.
R & M Developments Managing Director Thomas McKenna, said that a number of the company’s ex-pat Irish workforce were connected to Fullen Gaels and had flagged the need for support several years ago.
“The club becomes a second family for people who live away from their own families – which was a reality for some of the guys working for us – so it was a good fit. This will be our 5th year of involvement.”
The 60-strong Fullen Gaels club now fields two adult teams who compete in Ladies’ and Mens’ hurling competitions. Both teams have enjoyed success in recent years winning a record 7th consecutive All Britain Junior Championship in 2016 and been runners-up twice in the All-Ireland Junior Club Hurling Championship.
Chairman James O’Shaughnessy thanked R & M Developments for its support. “You have been true friends to us over many years – it is hugely appreciated. We hope – with your continued backing – we will be playing and promoting the game of hurling in Manchester for many years to come.”
R & M Developments is one of the North West’s leading building contractors providing quality services to the commercial and civil engineering industry and residential sector.
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