THE season got off to a flying start for James Stephens GAA club when they secured a new sponsor. Taxback.com were proudly unveiled as the new sponsor of The Village senior teams.
Club secretary Aodon O’Ruairc welcomed the new sponsors to the club and unveiled the new senior jerseys which bare the taxback.com logo. Mr O’Ruairc described the alliance as “a great occasion for the club”.
“We are here launching the sponsorship of our adult teams by taxback.com,” he said. “Taxback.com as we have learned in the last few months is a large and growing company in our parish. Its amazing that when you learn about a company and a company suddenly becomes a friend that you start noticing it in places that you hadn’t noticed it before.
“Just recently I was walking in the Castle Park and I noticed that taxback.com sponsored the playground there. It is a logical extension from their involvement in the community and in the parish in which their business is located and that they would associated themselves with us. We are very pleased to be associated with them.
“The James Stephens club is one of the longest established community groups in St Patrick’s parish,” he added.
The CEO and Managing Director of taxback.com Terry Clune said that he was a long way from a star hurler himself, but after seeing the work that goes on behind the scenes in the GAA he was delighted to contribute in any way he could.
He said: “I’m not from Kilkenny. I’m from Wicklow. My wife and I moved here seven years ago because there’s not much of a hurling team in Wicklow. So I had to move where the game is really well played.
“I’m not much of a hurler myself I played while I was in St Peter’s College. I played in goal but I was really bad at it so I decided to go into business instead. I’ve been fortunate enough in that. I’ve gotten to know some of the guys here and I’ve seen the work that goes on behind the scenes in the GAA. I never knew about that before to be honest.
“It’s tremendous work and a tremendous commitment by a lot of people,” he continued. “Great credit is due to all the people who put in a huge amount of work. It is really good for children and the people who get involved in the sport.
“Promoting Irish heritage and keeping young athletic is hugely important. I can’t contribute in that way but I am happy to contribute through help from my business.”
Taxback.com employ about 110 people in the Loughboy area of Kilkenny City. As a mark of appreciation to the company for their generous sponsorship, the James Stephens club made Mr Clune and all of his employees honorary members of their social club.