EirGrid, the official timing sponsor of the GAA, launches its ‘EirGrid Moments in Time’ campaign which will see four clubs throughout the country win a digital clock and scoreboard

EirGrid survey reveals over half of GAA supporters (57%) were brought to Croke Park for the first time by their Dad

EirGrid, the state-owned company that manages and operates Ireland’s national grid, has today launched the ‘EirGrid Moments in Time’ campaign as part of its timing partnership with the GAA.

The campaign will culminate with a club in each province winning a digital clock and scoreboard.  To launch the initiative EirGrid has conducted research amongst 300 GAA supporters to establish some of their best and most memorable GAA moments.

The GAA Family

92% of GAA fans said that their first time in Croke Park stood out as a childhood memory, with 57% stating it was their father who brought them. Dads remain top of the pops when it comes to attending GAA matches as a quarter (25%) of people surveyed said their favourite person to go to a match with was their Dad. 21% most enjoyed going with their friends, meanwhile 20% said attending a game as a family is what they most enjoy.

The most popular pre-match rituals include getting breakfast together (27%), or having a drink together (27%) and enjoying a packed lunch together (23%).

Family clearly plays a key role on the pitch as well as in the stands, with the image of Alan Brogan being consoled by his son Jamie following Dublin’s defeat to Donegal in 2014 voted the most iconic GAA family moment of recent years (37%). This was followed by Clare’s Podge Collins celebrating with his Granny (32%), while Laois’s Mark Timmons carrying his daughter in her communion dress and football boots came in third place with 19% of votes.

The Championship so far….

The 2017 Championship, while still at the early stages, has produced some seriously magic moments to date.

Unsurprisingly, Down beating Monaghan (54%) and Wexford’s victory over Kilkenny (57%) have been noted as the most memorable wins of the Championships to date.

The Wexford supporters’ pitch invasion following their unexpected win over The Cats in the Leinster semi-final was noted as the ‘most memorable moment’ of the Hurling Championship to date (49%), while the pick up and point from young hurler and hurler of the year, Austin Gleeson in Waterford’s Munster encounter against Cork came in second (30%).

Commenting at the launch of EirGrid 2017 GAA timing partnership, Fintan Slye, CEO of EirGrid said; “At EirGrid we put communities throughout Ireland at the heart of what we do and so this makes the GAA an ideal partner for us. We are very proud to support the GAA through our official timing sponsorship which began last year, and also as the official sponsor for the Under 21 All Ireland Football Championship over the last three seasons.

“The GAA has given so many people such happy memories and we want to recognise and celebrate this through our EirGrid Moments in Time campaign. So we are delighted to be in a position to offer fans the chance to win a digital clock and scoreboard for their local GAA club, through a photo competition which will run throughout the Championship.”

Commenting on the launch of the competition, GAA Commercial Director Peter McKenna said: “It’s fantastic that EirGrid are again showing great support to grassroots GAA by way of running this competition for the second consecutive year. As our official timing sponsors, what better way to reward the GAA community than by once more offering four clubs the chance to win digital scoreboards for their own ground. I’d to once more like to extend our thanks to EirGrid for their continued support of Gaelic Games.”

GAA fans who want to take part in the EirGrid Moments in Time competition can enter by posting a picture highlighting a special GAA moment from the championship on their Twitter or Instagram using #EirGridGAA & tagging the specific provincial board. Be it as a fan making the trip down Jones’ Road to support their county, or the pre-match discussion over breakfast, or a Dad bringing his daughter to her first ever game, we want to see them all.

Survey results:

Can you remember the first time you went to Croke Park to support your county? 

  • Yes: 92%
  • No: 8%

Can you remember who was the person responsible for bringing you to your first ever game in Croke Park?

  • Father: 57%
  • Friends: 15%
  • Other: 13%
  • Mother: 7%
  • Aunt/Uncle: 3%
  • Brother: 2%
  • Sister: 2%
  • Grandparent: 1%

Who do you most enjoy going to support your county with?

  • Father: 25%
  • Friends: 21%
  • Whole family: 20%
  • Spouse/Partner: 10%
  • Children: 9%
  • Brother: 4%
  • Other: 4%
  • Mother: 2%
  • Sister: 2%
  • Grandparent: 1%
  • Cousin: 1%
  • Aunt / Uncle: 1%

When travelling to games in Croke Park or other national stadiums across Ireland, how do you travel?

  • Car: 65%
  • Bus: 13%
  • Train: 11%
  • Walk: 6%
  • Luas: 2%
  • N/A: 2%
  • Taxi: 1%

When supporting your team as a family, are there any traditions that you have before attending the game?

  • Get breakfast together: 27%
  • Go for a drink together: 27%
  • Enjoy a packed lunch together: 23%
  • I have my own pre-match ritual: 12%
  • Other: 9%
  • Go to mass together: 2%

What has been your magic moment of the 2017 Football Championship to date?

  • Dublin’s huge tally of scores against Westmeath in the Leinster Championship: 22%
  • Down’s Connaire Harrison display against Monaghan in the Ulster Championship: 19%
  • Other: 19%
  • Galway full forward Damien Comer’s shoulder on Mayo’s Diarmuid O’Connor in the Connacht Championship: 18%
  • Galway’s celebrations after they defeated the Mayo team by 1 point in the Connacht Championship: 14%
  • Cork footballer’s Luke Connolly goal to beat Tipperary at the last minute in the Munster Championship: 8%

What has been your magic moment of the 2017 Hurling Championship to date?

  • Wexford fans pitch invasion after they defeat Kilkenny in the Leinster Championship: 49%
  • Austin Gleeson’s pick up and point against Cork in the Munster Championship: 30%
  • Cork’s Conor Lehane catch and performance v Waterford in the Munster Championship: 13%
  • Other: 8%

In your opinion, what has been the most significant win of the 2017 Football Championship to date?

  • Down beating Monaghan in the Ulster Championship semi-final: 54%
  • Tyrone’s comprehensive win over Donegal in the Ulster championship semi-final: 17%
  • Dublin beating Westmeath by a shocking 4-29 to 0-10 in the Leinster Championship: 14%
  • Kildare beating Meath in the Leinster Championship semi-final: 14%
  • Other: 1%

In your opinion, what has been the most significant win of the 2017 Hurling Championship to date?

  • Wexford’s win over Kilkenny in the Leinster Championship: 57%
  • Cork’s one point victory over current All-Ireland title holders, Tipperary in the Munster Championship: 35%
  • Cork’s win over Waterford in the Munster Championship: 6%
  • Other: 2%

In your opinion, who has been the stand out player of the 2017 Football Championship to date?

  • Dublin’s Paul Mannion: 29%
  • Down’s Kevin McKernan: 14%
  • Kildare’s Daniel Flynn: 11%
  • Other: 10%
  • Monaghan’s Conor McManus: 9%
  • Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor: 9%
  • Galway’s Damien Comer: 10%
  • Tyrone’s Seán Cavanagh: 6%
  • Cork’s Paul Kerrigan: 2%

In your opinion, who has been the stand out player of the 2017 Hurling Championship to date:

  • Wexford’s Lee Chin: 45%
  • Cork’s Conor Lehane: 22%
  • Galway’s Conor Whelan: 14%
  • Dublin’s David Treacy: 7%
  • Tipperary Seamus Callanan: 5%
  • Waterford’s Noel Connor: 3%
  • Other: 4%

In your opinion, what is the most stand out GAA moment in the last 20 years?

  • Stephen Cluxton’s winning point against Kerry in the 2011 All-Ireland Football final: 29%
  • Maurice Fitzgerald’s sideline point in the 2001 All-Ireland Quarter final against Dublin: 15%
  • Cillian O’Connor’s last second point to bring the 2016 All-Ireland Football final against Dublin to a replay: 8%
  • Other: 8%
  • Joe Sheridan’s controversial goal against Louth in the 2010 Leinster football final: 7%
  • Kieran Donaghy ‘Well Joe Brolly, what do you think of that?’ post-match interview comment: 7%
  • Noel McGrath’s return to the pitch in the 2015 All-Ireland hurling semi-final against Galway: 6%
  • Armagh's Kieran McGeeney captaining the Orchard county to their first All-Ireland victory in 2002: 5%
  • Peter Canavan’s return in 2003 against Armagh: 5%
  • Tipperary’s defeat over Kilkenny in the 2016 All-Ireland Hurling final to win their first Championship in six years: 4%
  • Kevin McManamon goal against Kerry in the All-Ireland football final in 2013: 4%
  • DJ Carey’s point in the 2002 All-Ireland hurling final against Clare: 2%

In your opinion, which of the below stands out as being the best comeback over the last 10 years?

  • Galway 10 point comeback in their 2014 Leinster hurling championship with Kilkenny: 40%
  • Mayo 1 point defeat over Dublin in the All-Ireland Senior football semi-final in 2006: 29%
  • Tyrone comeback from 9 points down to salvage a replay against Down in the 2003 Ulster football final: 12%
  • Wexford’s second half comeback against Meath in the Leinster senior football quarter-final in 2008: 8%
  • Limerick’s 3 point win over Waterford in 2001 to set up a hurling final with Tipperary: 7%
  • Other: 4%

In your opinion, which of the below images stands out as the most iconic GAA ‘family moment’ over the last 15 years?

  • Alan Brogan and son: 37%
  • Podge Collins and granny: 32%
  • Mark Timmons and daughter: 19%
  • Joe Canning and nephew: 12%

Competition Entry Instructions

  1. The entrant must submit an image to represent their favourite ‘GAA moment in time’. Entries must be submitted via Instagram and Twitter using #EirGridGAA and including their club handle.
  2. Entries will be accepted until midnight on 18.09.17. After this date any further entries will be invalid for use in this competition.
  3. One winner from each province – Ulster, Leinster, Munster and Connacht will be selected at random via a draw.
  4. No responsibility is accepted for ineligible entries or entries made fraudulently.
  5. No responsibility can be accepted for entries that are delayed or not received for any reason.
  6. EirGrid is not responsible for any technical issues, system or software failures encountered on or during the promotion.
  7. Prize: The prize is a 2700mm x 1550mm LED, digital clock and scoreboard. The prize also includes:                          
  8. -Radio controlled handset
  9. -Scoreboard frame
  10. -Installation of clock and scoreboard
  11. -24 Months warranty on LED
  12. *One club in each province in Ireland (Leinster, Munster, Connacht and Ulster) will be in with the chance to win this prize.
  13. The winning club will be contacted by phone call and email.
  14. Fulfilment of the prize will be agreed with the club – fulfilment of the prize must be before November 30th 2017.
  15. No cash or other prize alternative available in whole or in part.

Terms & Conditions:

The promotion timings are as follows:

  • Competition entry period: Between 2pm on 10.07.17 and 23.59 (midnight) on 18.09.17
  • Winner announcement: 16.10.17. Competition to choose winners run on Facebook with top three photos from each province. The photos with the greatest number of 'likes' in each province by noon on Monday 16 October wins the clocks and scoreboards. Should any irregularities or issues in voting become apparent EirGrid reserves the right to disqualify the competition entrant.
  • Latest date for fulfilment: 30.11.17
  • The supplier of the prize is Teneo PSG LTD on behalf of EirGrid.
  • The competition is open to clubs residing in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
  • To enter, GAA fans must submit an image to represent their favourite ‘GAA moment in time’. Entries must be submitted via Instagram and Twitter using #EirGridGAA and including their club handle.
  • All entry submissions will be used for promotional activity. Promotional activity includes a photo call and possible interview opportunity with local papers.
  • EirGrid is not liable for non or late receipt of email entries due to system errors. Entrants will not receive confirmation that their entry has been received.
  • Incomplete entries or those not in accordance with the entry instructions are invalid.