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TG4 Ladies Football Championships - Launched

Ladies Football & TG4 Celebrate 10 Year Milestone

Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, Mary Hanafin TD launches 2010 TG4 Ladies Football All Ireland Championships at Croke Park.

The 2010 TG4 Ladies Football Championships were launched today at Croke Park by Mary Hanafin TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport.

2010 marks the tenth year of TG4’s sponsorship of the Ladies Football All Ireland Championships and the tenth year of the Ladies Football finals being televised by the national Irish language broadcaster. TG4 who became the title sponsors of the Ladies Football Championships in 2000 will broadcast 15 live championship games over the course of the summer.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Mary Hanafin, said “the longevity and continuing success of the partnership between Ladies Football and TG4 is a testament to the commitment and vision of both parties. Together they have raised the profile of Ladies Football both on the national and international stage. Ladies Football is proving hugely popular and entertaining with flourishing affiliated leagues in North and South America, Australia, Asia, the UK and across mainland Europe.

Ladies Football actively encourages female participation in sport from the Gaelic4Girls initiative to the Gaelic4Mothers programme. Each of the team members involved in the Championships are great role models for other young women to get involved and stay involved in sport at all levels. Sport is an integral element of both our national identity and our community framework and Cumann Peil Gael na mBan continues to play a key role in the development of female sport both at home and abroad.

Ba mhaith liom ádh mór a ghuí ar na foirne ar fad a bheidh ag glacadh páirt an Samhradh seo agus táim ag súil go mór sibh ar fad a leanúint i dtreo Páirc an Chrócaigh agus Craobhacha na hÉireann i mí Meán Fómhair.”

Pat Quill, Uactharán Peil Gael na mBan, said, “The support of TG4 over the past ten years has been invaluable in enabling us to grow and publicise the successes of our sport. The Championship season is upon us once again and I have no doubt that there will be no shortage of the skill, passion, determination and excitement that has made Ladies Football such a success.”

Pól Ó Gallchóir, Ceannasai, TG4, said, “TG4 continues to be very proud of its ongoing sponsorship of the All-Ireland Senior, Intermediate and Junior Championships in this great attractive native Irish sport. As we start another season, all of us look forward with hope and expectation. This year TG4 will provide live coverage of 15 Championship matches from early August to the All-Ireland Finals in Croke Park on the 26th September. This comprehensive coverage forms a key part of our overall full match live coverage of 20 Ladies Gaelic Football fixtures on TG4 during 2010.”

The Senior, Intermediate and Junior Championship finals will take place in Croke Park on Sunday 26th September and all three games will be televised live on TG4.

For Additional Information:
Patricia Monahan, Cumann Peil Gael na mBan
patricia@ladiesgaelic.ie,
01 8363156 / 087 252 3998

Marcus Ó Buachalla, Pembroke Communications
marcus@pembrokecomms.ie,
01 649 6492 / 087 698 1031

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