Mackin feeds football league launched

May 27, 2013

Richard Bullick

Domestic ladies football in Armagh has received a major boost with news that Mackin Animal Feeds is to sponsor the club championships for a fourth consecutive season.

The announcement was made in the Athletic Grounds at the official launch of the 2013 Armagh ladies league, which is also being sponsored by the Newry-based firm.

“Having Mackins on board again for the club competitions is a tremendous boost for ladies football in the county,” enthused Armagh ladies County Board treasurer Sinead Reel.

“With the senior county team on the up over the past 12 months, there is a feel-good factor around Armagh ladies football but we need a vibrant club scene underpinning that so we are building on firm foundations.

“There is a strong culture of volunteerism in our sport but running competitions costs money and the support from Mackins is invaluable in helping us meet our obligations and balance the books.

“But, equally importantly, the willingness of a successful company to invest is a statement of faith in Armagh ladies football and Mackins have become very valued partners over recent years.

“In the current economic climate, attracting sponsorship is not easy so we really appreciate an existing backer being prepared to continue their support and we’ve a great working relationship with Peter Mackin.

“It has been a very productive partnership to date and the turn-out of so many club representatives for this launch shows how much his investment is appreciated,” she concluded.

For his part, Peter Mackin expressed pride in being associated with Armagh ladies football and praised the professionalism he has experienced in dealings with the County Board.

“Mackin Animal Feeds are pleased to continue this sponsorship partnership for another year, embracing both the all-county leagues and club championships at all levels,” he explained.

“We have a good working relationship with the County Board and it is gratifying to feel that we are making a significant contribution to the sport at a local level.

“All of us in the Armagh ladies football family have enjoyed the county team’s success last year.  I’d like to commiserate with the players and management after their near miss in the recent National League final but am confident they will bounce back come the Championship.

“There are plenty of fine footballers in the Orchard county at present who not only give great service in the orange jersey but are faithfully passionate about their clubs.

“I am proud of the fact that some of the best lady footballers in Ireland, including All-Star Caroline O’Hanlon, will be competing regularly in the Mackin Animal Feeds Football League and Mackin Senior Championship in the coming weeks and months.”

The launch was also attended by Ulster Council President Joe Lagan, officials from the Armagh County Board, Armagh’s All-Ireland Intermediate Championship winning captain Mags McAlinden and representatives of senior county team sponsors, the Carrickdale Hotel.