The official launch of the new Donegal GAA kit took place in the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny on Tuesday with representatives of all sides present.
Donegal GAA chairman, Sean Dunnion, in welcoming the new deal, had a special welcome for O’Neills managing director Ciaran Kennedy.
He also welcomed Niall O’Donnell, representing the official sponsors in the county, Donegal Creameries, as well as managers of the various county teams.
The new kit deal sees O’Neills take over from Azzurri and the contract is for a three year period.
Speaking at the launch, Donegal chairman, Sean Dunnion was really pleased that the entire Donegal GAA family were involved:
“I think it is very important here in the county that we have a single design and we’re delighted with the design we have.
“It is a great time for us. We’re delighted to have signed up with O’Neills. I think a word that has been used since we started talking to them is partnership. This is three year partnership.
“Some facts that people might not be aware of. O’Neills have two manufacturing premises, one in Dublin and one in Strabane, 172 people in Dublin and 375 in Strabane, and 34% of which are from Donegal. That equates to about 130 people from the county who are employed by O’Neills in Strabane. I think that gives me the confidence that we are getting into the right partnership.
“They have an unbelievable set up in Strabane where they knit and dye all the fabrics before going into production.
“I’m very happy to have signed up with O’Neills,” said the chairman, who added that they were delighted with the deal worked out and he thanked the treasurer, Cieran Kelly; Aodh Mairtin O Fearraigh, secretary and former vice-chairman, Danny McNamee, for their work in securing the deal.
Addressing the launch, Ciaran Kennedy said: “We in O’Neills are very happy to resume our relationship with Donegal GAA and to be here at the launch.
“We were there with you in ‘92; we supported you from across the bridge in Strabane in 2012 and we now look forward to another successful era for Donegal GAA and O’Neills,” said Mr. Kennedy.
“For us at O’Neills, this represents a sort of homecoming. We have many links with the clubs throughout Donegal, which we value greatly. But it is an honour to join again with Donegal GAA as official kit supplier to one of the top GAA counties in Ireland,” he said.
Other speakers included Niall O’Donnell, Micheal Naughton, Ray Durack and Michael Murphy