THE Evening Echo has joined up with Rebel Óg as they formally announced their media partnership of the monthly Rebel Óg Awards.
The launch took place at the Glen Rovers GAA club, with officers of Rebel Óg and players from their squads present as well.
Speaking at the launch Rebel Óg PRO Cian O'Brien said: "Over the last few weeks we have been working with the Evening Echo team in Blackpool about joining the Rebel Og Awards and we are delighted that Lisa O'Connor and Nicola Cullinane, from the Evening Echo's marketing department, agreed to come on board as partners of the awards.
"One aspect of Rebel Og is promotion of our games. With our partnership with the Evening Echo, who have been covering every the Premier minor championship since its inception in 2011, along with county finals and giving two dedicated pages to Cork underage on every Saturday's paper, we hope to further enhance our coverage of both the games and the awards.
“Moving forward, the Evening Echo can help us develop brand Rebel Óg with our awards programme that every month honours either a player, team, club or school for their development of underage activity.“We look forward to working with Rory Noonan, who joins as a judge, as well as John McHale, Sports Editor and Éamonn Murphy, Deputy Sports Editor and all the GAA team at the paper in the coming years. We feel the Evening Echo is a great fit with Rebel Óg and as a committee we are delighted they agreed to become a media partner.
“The annnual dinner is always a great highlight in the year and we look forward to the Evening Echo's involvement in this as well,” concluded Cian.
Speaking on behalf of the Evening Echo Sports Editor John McHale said: “We are delighted to formally launch our media partnership with the Rebel Óg Awards. GAA is one of the key sports for us and this partnership will further enhance our coverage of it.
“Over the last number of years we have covered underage games, from blitzes right up to the minor championships and we intend to continue to improve this coverage going forward. I am also delighted that Rory Noonan is joining the judging panel and he has been involved in covering games for the paper now for a number of years.
“I wish Rebel Óg the very best for the season and we look forward to working with them,” concluded John.