The Saffron Gael

ANOTHER APPEAL FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT AS CHAMPIONSHIP GETS UNDER WAY

As we head into another Championship season this weekend the Saffron Gael once again makes an appeal for your financial support.

We launched the site back in May 2017 after two local papers which we worked for and who carried fairly extensive GAA coverage folded. After a discussion John and I came up with the idea of an online GAA forum dealing specifically with Gaelic games in Antrim in order to promote those games within our county and so the Saffron Gael was launched.

In the eight months we were in publication in 2017 we had 724,728 views on the site. In 2018 we had 1,373,793 views and this year to date we have had 922,678 views, proof that the site is extremely popular with Gaels in Antrim and indeed much further afield.

The site has had over 3,000,000 views which proves that there is a massive interest in what we are doing in Antrim and indeed much further afield.

 In 2017 and 2018 we carried reports and photographs of the majority of ACF League and ACH League games and covered every hurling and football championship game played in Antrim and followed the winners of those championships on their Ulster journey. We extended that coverage to the Camogie and ladies football championships and will endeavour to cover as many championship games this year as is physically possible.

As you may gather such coverage is time consuming and involves quite a large team of photographers and reporters which in turn incurs a lot of expense. We are extremely grateful to clubs who have made donations to the Saffron Gael to date. Many of those clubs again donated in 2018 and have pledged support again this year.

Some clubs unfortunately have not  and we would encourage all clubs who have not done so to make a donation. This will enable us to continue our extensive coverage in the coming season.

                      GET BEHIND YOUR TEAM IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP

With so many important Championship games to be played in the season ahead we are offering businesses in the area of the teams taking part in the various championships the opportunity to post an advert supporting your local club or indeed any club of your choice taking part in the championships.

Gearing the adverts towards the participating clubs for the nominal fee of £60 with the added bonus that if your team progresses we will carry your advert on the corresponding reports for free right through to the final itself should your team go that far.

So for example if Cargin were playing Creggan in football or Dunloy were facing Loughgiel in the hurling there will be the opportunity for  businesses from each area to take an advert which will run with the match report.

If you have a business in the areas of any of the clubs taking part in any of the championships (FULL DRAW AND DATES ARE ON THE SAFFRON GAEL SITE) and would like to place an advert on our site supporting and wishing your side good luck in those games get in touch with us ASAP at john.mcilwaine@yahoo.co.uk or ptrckmclwn@yahoo.co.uk

Listed below are a few examples of recent adverts and we extend our thanks to those advertisers who’s generosity is helping to keep our site alivet and we would ask you where possible to support those advertisers.

Saffron Gael Friends Opportunities & Benefits ·

As with the clubs who have weighed in behind us with financial assistance, we extend our gratitude to those businesses who have given their financial support and without this support we quite simply could not continue.

We appeal again to businesses who would like to come on board and help keepthe Saffron Gael project going to contact either john at john.mcilwaine@yahoo.co.uk Tel: 07885226348 or Paddy at ptrckmclwn@yahoo.co.uk Tel: 07511111378

Your Organisation’s logo will appear on the member’s page of the website ·

Organisation logo will include a hyperlink to website ·

Access to imagery taken at all covered games

Cost: £500 Per annum Please note: This payment can be made via Standing Order monthly. For more details please contact john.mcilwaine@yahoo.co.uk or ptrckmclwn@yahoo.co.uk give us a call on 07885226348 or 07511111378

 

With the 2019 league programme entering the home straight and many of those divisions undecided as yet, we have been busy covering all Antrim hurling and football games to date and we will continue to bring you coverage as the leagues reach conclusion.

We have covered the St. Paul’s Ulster minor football tournament and all the games at the Creggan Kickham’s Bank of Ireland-Paddy McLarnon U21 football tournament which was held back in January.  We have previewed these games and  continued to bring reports and photographs as Antrim’s National football and hurling leagues got under way and continued that coverage into the championship.

We do not want to put the sites content behind a ‘pay wall’ and feel it should be kept available to all GAA fans in the county and beyond. However we would appeal to those regular readers to contribute to the project by simply donating as little as £5 per month through the Pay/Pal donate button. That works out at £1.25 per week which we feel is very good value for money, considering the amount of coverage of our games that are available on the site. If you feel your club is not getting the coverage it deserves I would appeal to you to get in touch with your club PRO and ask them to get on board with this project. We endeavour to cover as many games as possible but it is not possible to get around them all so we welcome any content that is sent to us.

 

Good luck to all teams in the championship in 2019 and we will hopefully see you at one of your games in the coming weeks.

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