Players Including Dublin’s Martha Byrne and Lauren Magee Pictured At The Announcement Of Gourmet Food Parlour As The New Sponsors Of HEC Championship
Players Including Dublin’s Martha Byrne and Lauren Magee Pictured At The Announcement Of Gourmet Food Parlour As The New Sponsors Of HEC Championship (Image Credit: Sportsfile)

 

THE Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) is delighted to announce Gourmet Food Parlour as the new sponsor of the Higher Education Committee (HEC) third-level championships.

Gourmet Food Parlour will sponsor the prestigious O’Connor Cup competition, which will now be known as the Gourmet Food Parlour O’Connor Cup, as well as the O’Connor Shield.

The new arrangement will also see Gourmet Food Parlour become title sponsors of the Giles, Lynch, Moynihan, Donaghy and Lagan Cups.

The news comes as a significant boost to third-level Ladies Gaelic Football, as IT Blanchardstown and the National Sports Campus in Abbottstown prepare to host finals weekend from March 9-11.

Owners Lorraine Heskin and Lorraine Byrne founded Gourmet Food Parlour in 2006, with the inspiration to serve a funky style of food, using simple, locally-sourced ingredients whilst serving it all in a fun, relaxed way.

They have grown to 7 locations across Dublin, as well as running a very successful catering division.

Boasting a keen interest in sport, and especially GAA, Gourmet Food Parlour Managing Director Lorraine Heskin says that she is delighted to come on board as HEC championship sponsor for a three-year term.

Speaking at the launch of the partnership with the LGFA today, Lorraine said: We are delighted to be the first main sponsor of the Ladies Colleges Competitions and we are so proud to be a new partner with the Ladies Gaelic Football Association.

“We are so passionate about sport for women and we are really looking forward to seeing our support helping the ladies to develop and prosper in their endeavours both on and off the pitch.”

LGFA CEO Helen O’Rourke commented: “This is a huge step forward for our Association, with Gourmet Food Parlour coming on board as sponsors of our HEC third-level competitions.

“We are delighted to welcome Lorraine Heskin, Lorraine Byrne and the entire Gourmet Food Parlour team on board and we look forward to this new partnership.

“The O’Connor Cup weekend is a key date in our annual fixtures calendar, and the presence of Gourmet Food Parlour as sponsors will take our HEC third-level competitions to a new level.”

 

About Gourmet Food Parlour:

Gourmet Food Parlour are the official nutritional partners with the Dublin GAA County Board and own restaurants in Swords, Santry, Malahide and Dun Laoghaire while the company has partnerships with House on Leeson St, and 37 Dawson St. One of the largest sports catering companies in Ireland, they also work with DCU, FAI, IRFU, Swim Ireland and Special Olympics to name a few. Their hugely successful catering division works with several large corporations, providing catering to industry giants such as AIG, Google, Universal, Alltech & Special Olympics.

For more information about Gourmet Food Parlour see www.gourmetfoodparlour.com

 

About the O’Connor Cup:

The O’Connor Cup is the Ladies Gaelic Football Association’s Higher Education Committee flagship competition. Approximately 52 teams are involved in the O’Connor Cup, O’Connor Shield, Giles Cup, Lynch Cup, Moynihan Cup, Donaghy Cup and Lagan Cup, which cater for all levels of third-level colleges.

30 colleges in total are represented, with approximately 1800 players taking part. Finals weekend (March 9-11) will be held at IT Blanchardstown and the National Sports Campus, Abbottstown.