By Noel Dundon
The County Tipperary GAA Board and Enfer Scientific have this week confirmed speculation that they are to part company after a successful ten year partnership.
The Premier County team will cease to wear the Enfer logo on their jerseys once the Allianz National hurling and football leagues conclude in April.
Speculation had been rife throughout the county that this would happen with the Tipp teams wearing plain jerseys earlier on in the season.
And, the race is now on to put pen to paper with a new sponsor in time for the defence of the Liam McCarthy Cup at senior hurling level with the Tipp seniors playing a high profile first round tie against Cork in Semple Stadium on May 29th.- a week after the senior footballers play against Kerry in their championship first round.
The whispering mill has been in full operation around the county as to who will be the new sposnor - the Tipperary Board is fortunate to be in the position of being defending senior hurling and U-21 All-Ireland champions and can therefore make lucrative demands for the marketting and the wearing of the sponsor on the famous blue and gold jersey.
In a statement issued to The Tipperary Star this week, Board Chairman Barry O’Brien said: “Enfer have been wonderful sponsorship partners for Tipperary GAA since 2002 and we wish to thank them wholeheartedly for their support.
“Their contribution has been of enormous benefit to the promotion of hurling and football in Tipperary and the success achieved during this period would not have been possible without the backing of such a loyal and dedicated sponsor. Tipperary County Board wishes to thank Louis Ronan, his family and the team at Enfer most sincerely for their deep commitment to and unstinting support for our inter-county teams, players and management over the last decade, in both good times and bad. “
Louis Ronan - a great Tipperary man who delighted in the success of the hurlers in 2010 said: “We have had a most enjoyable and memorable partnership with Tipperary GAA County Board and are delighted to have had an opportunity to support the development of hurling and football in the county.
“As a Tipperary man, I am immensely proud of what the county has achieved in both codes over the ten years since we came on board, culminating with last year’s unforgettable All Ireland final success over Kilkenny.
“We would like to thank Tipperary County Board for the excellent working relationship we enjoyed and we wish the county every success in the future”
During Enfer’s sponsorship, Tipperary won one All-Ireland senior hurling title (2010), one Allianz Hurling League (2008), two Munster Senior Hurling Championships (2008 and 2009), one All-Ireland Under 21 hurling Championship (2010), five Munster Under 21 Hurling Championships (2003, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010), two All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championships (2006 and 2007), three Munster Minor Hurling Championships (2002, 2003 and 2007) and one Munster Intermediate hurling championship in 2002.
In football during this period, Tipperary also won the Allianz Football League Division 3 title (2009), promotion from Division 4 to Division 3 (2008), the Tommy Murphy Cup (2005) and its first ever Munster Under 21 football championship (2010).