EirGrid, the state-owned company responsible for transforming Ireland’s power system for future generations, has officially launched the 2020 EirGrid GAA Football U20 All-Ireland Championship in Croke Park today.
Keith Ricken, Cork’s 2019 U20 All Ireland winning manager, and John Sugrue, the newly appointed Kerry U20 manager, were both in attendance at the launch. Also present were U20 players; Cork’s Mark Cronin, Tyrone’s Anton Fox, Galway’s Jack Glynn and Dublin’s Brian O'Leary.
2020 marks the sixth year of EirGrid’s sponsorship of the the U20 football championship with the state-owned company’s commitment extending to ten years encompassing the 2024 season.
2020 sees the EirGrid U20 Football Championship taking place across all four provinces from February through to the All-Ireland Finals in March. Croke Park will host a double header of EirGrid All Ireland semi-finals on St Patrick’s Day ahead of the final scheduled for 28th/29th March.
The EirGrid Leinster U20 Championship kickstarts on Friday 7th February which will see Carlow take on Wexford, Louth play Offaly and Wicklow meet defending Leinster champions Dublin on 8th February, all in the hope for a place in the provincial quarter finals.
On a bumper day of action in Ulster, Derry takes on Fermanagh, Cavan and Down face off against one another, Monaghan travels to Donegal and Armagh clashes with Tyrone in one of the most eagerly anticipated ties of the opening weekend on 8th February .
The EirGrid Connacht U20 Championship kicks off with a bang on 8th February with defending champions Galway meeting fierce rivals Mayo with Leitrim awaiting the winner. Sligo faces off against Roscommon in the semi-final of the competition.
"We manage and develop Ireland’s grid to ensure that it is high performing, efficient and future proofed."
The Munster competition commences on 19th February when Waterford and Clare go head to head as do Tipperary and Limerick.
Speaking on behalf of the GAA, John Horan, Uachtarán CLG commented: “The EirGrid GAA Football U20 Championship was a hugely entertaining competition last year and we are looking forward to the 2020 championship offering similar levels of drama and entertainment in the coming weeks and months.
We look forward to working with EirGrid and the players and managers from around the country as they work towards an exciting finale to the competition emcompassing a semi-final double header in Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day.”
Speaking at the event, Michael Mahon, Chief Infrastructure Officer, said;
“The EirGrid U20 Football Championship gives talented and ambitious athletes a platform to shine, develop and grow into leaders both on and off the field.
It is the role of the managers and their support teams to nurture that talent and put the infrastructure in place to facilitate that development and growth.
EirGrid’s role in relation to Ireland’s electricity grid is similar. We manage and develop Ireland’s grid to ensure that it is high performing, efficient and future proofed. We will be drawing on these similarities to bring the partnership with the U20s Championship to life throughout the season and years.”