Continuing its ongoing initiative to champion Minor hurlers and footballers, Electric Ireland has launched the Electric Ireland GAA Minor Star Awards. The inaugural awards will recognise the best individual performers from the entire season, including provincial and All Ireland stages, with the best player in each position selected on the 2017 Electric Ireland GAA Minor Star Top 15.
The four-man awards selection panel was unveiled, consisting of legendary former Cork hurler and current Clare hurling selector, Donal Óg Cusack; former Armagh All Star footballer, Oisín McConville; former Galway hurler and All Ireland Club hurling championship winning manager, Mattie Kenny and Meath Senior football manager Andy McEntee.
The awards will be selected by the panel of GAA greats in conjunction with a public vote through Electric Ireland’s social media channels. A presentation ceremony will be held after the All Ireland Minor Hurling and Football Championship Finals have been played with the best performer in each position honoured with a selection on the Electric Ireland GAA Minor Hurling and Football Teams of the Year.
Electric Ireland also announced a five-year extension on its sponsorship of the GAA All-Ireland Minor Championships, aiming to support and honour young athletes, emphasising the concept that there is ‘nothing minor about playing Minor’.
Paul Stapleton, General Manager of Electric Ireland said at the launch;
‘Electric Ireland are delighted to announce that we are extending our sponsorship of the GAA All Ireland Minor Championships for a further 5 years up to 2021. We will continue to tell the stories of these exceptionally talented young hurlers and footballers and we will help to recognise their supreme effort through initiatives like the Electric Ireland GAA Minor Star Awards that we have announced today. The annual awards are a big part of every sport and it is only fitting that the Minor stars are given the opportunity to shine on what is a major moment in their young sporting lives.’
Uachtarán CLG Aogán Ó Fearghail said;
‘The Electric Ireland GAA Football and Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championships offer a glimpse into the rich future that is to come for our Association. The annals of the GAA are filled with examples of legendary players who set out as Minors, paving their way to becoming superstar Senior athletes.’
‘‘For many, the Electric Ireland GAA Minor Championships also carry a purity and a freedom of expression that make them a delight. We are excited to continue to cement the bonds of friendship and partnership with Electric Ireland, and between us, we look forward to working to help showcase these magnificent young ambassadors and shining stars for the GAA.’
Having been sponsor of the GAA All-Ireland Minor Championships since 2012, Electric Ireland has committed to continuing the partnership until 2021. Throughout the course of the partnership, Electric Ireland has been re-defining what it means to be a Minor in GAA with the This Is Major campaign, designed to empower young players, ensuring they feel driven to compete, improve and to strive for more in their sporting lives.