Saffron Gael financial appeal

As the 2020 GAA season in Antrim gets up and running at pace we today make an appeal for financial support. This has been a difficult year for everyone financially and has been difficult for us at the Saffron Gael. Despite continuing to publish daily during the lockdown we have struggled through lack of finance.

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 May this year we reached our third birthday since the launch of the Saffron Gael website. It has been an amazing journey.

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 in 2019 we had 1,638,846 views, further evidence that the site is extremely popular with Gaels in Antrim.

In 2020 we have had 758,585 up until today despite an 18 week lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. During the lockdown John and I posted reviews, Best 15 football, Favourite 15 hurling club teams and carried at least one post every day and these articles have been very popular with our readers.

 In 2017, 2018 and 2019 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 have covered every championship game we could physically cover this year. (This has been made more difficult by the fact that most games this year are at the same time) but we understand why this has to be.

We have followed our County football, hurling ladies football and camogie teams all over Ireland and carried reports on their games at all age levels and on the weekend of lockdown I was preparing for a trip to Wicklow for a vital NFL game while John was setting of for Dublin for the Hurling final against Kerry.

As you may gather such coverage is time consuming and involves quite a large team of photographers and reporters and indeed we have increased the amount of photographers and reporters covering games for us this year which in turn incurs a lot of expense. We are extremely grateful to clubs who have made donations to the Saffron Gael to date and we again appeal for your support this year.

To those sponsors who have sponsored us in the past we appeal to you to come on board again this year but we realise that these are difficult financial times for everyone. If you would like to come on board again as sponsors and advertisers or if you wish to sponsor us for the first time then contact us at john.mcilwaine@yahoo.co.uk or ptrckmclwn@yahoo.co.uk

Donations from clubs has been a vital source of income to us over the three years we have been publishing with a number of clubs making a yearly contribution to the site and we would encourage all clubs to make a contribution in order to keep the Saffron Gael site going

If anyone of our readers would like to make a donation to the site you can do so through the pay/pal link on the site page or simply come to John or myself at a game. Your support, large or small will be greatly appreciated

We have included a small selection of our sponsors just to show you how your sponsorship logo would appear on match reports and previews

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