Sixth class pupils from St. John’s National School, front from left, Jeff Tyrell (12), Bill Trehy (11), Ruth Nelson (12) and Holly Kinchella (12), with Brian Cody, Kilkenny Senior Hurling Manager, Jimmy Walsh, Chairman, Kilkenny GAA, Eoin Murphy, Kilkenny hurler, Katie Power, Kilkenny camogie player, David Beirne, Senior Vice President, UPMC International, and Noel Skehan, nine times All Ireland hurling medal winner for Kilkenny, pictured at the official announcement of UPMC’s ten-year naming right partnership that sees the home of Kilkenny GAA renamed UPMC Nowlan Park. | Sam Barnes/ Sportsfile.
Past, present and future Kilkenny players gather at UPMC Nowlan Park
Past, present and future Kilkenny Gaelic games players gathered today (Thursday) for the formal announcement of a ten-year naming right partnership that sees the home of Kilkenny GAA renamed UPMC Nowlan Park.
The 10-year sponsorship agreement with UPMC will enable the provision of the most modern technology and training systems available at the stadium, benefiting players across all age grades, according to Chairperson of Kilkenny GAA, Jimmy Walsh.
“We are delighted to welcome UPMC to Nowlan Park and look forward to working with them in the years ahead. Our partnership is an excellent fit for Kilkenny GAA. Health and wellness are an integral part of UPMC’s mission, as they are of key importance to Kilkenny GAA.
“This alliance will help to enhance and develop facilities in Nowlan Park into the future. Thanks to UPMC’s sponsorship, we will be able to invest in the betterment of the association in County Kilkenny, providing a higher class of facilities and maintaining them to a proper standard at the stadium, something that every club in the county and beyond will benefit from.”
David Beirne, senior vice president, UPMC International, said the partnership stemmed from a mutual understanding of the importance of player welfare and a desire to provide high-class facilities for players, coaches and their communities:
“From development squads through to top inter-county players, we’re excited to work with Kilkenny GAA to help bring high-class facilities for players, coaches and communities in the South East. Last week we announced our partnership with the GAA / GPA as official healthcare partner. We have big ambitions for UPMC in Ireland, and in the South East, and we look forward to announcing more initiatives to support the wellbeing of players and their communities in the coming months.