Connacht Rugby and Top Oil have a long history working together and in 2016 we announced an extension to this partnership for a further three years. Top Oil will continue as the official fuel Supplier and sponsors of the Connacht Junior and Senior Schools Cup Competitions.
Over the past two years as official fuel sponsor, we have watched the Connacht Rugby team go from strength to strength in every game, and we are delighted to have been part of their journey so far. The drive, passion and ambition which has led to Connacht Rugby’s recent successes has also been inspirational to our own team at Top Oil.
Brian Mahony, Head of Commercial & Marketing at Connacht Rugby added: “We are looking forward to further developing our partnership over the next three years and helping Top Oil achieve their business objectives both in Connacht and across the country.”
This year we announced the continuation of our sponsorship with Sligo Rovers. The partnership will see Top Oil get behind the Bit o’Red as they battle it out in the SSE Airtricity League.
Sligo Rovers Chairman Martin Heraghty commented: “It’s a great endorsement of the hard work and commitment of our players at Sligo Rovers that Top Oil has once again come on board and we look forward to working with them to do something really special this season.”
Our association with Sligo Rovers also extends to local level with the community at large. We are delighted to be sponsoring Sligo and many other sports organisation and communities around Ireland.
Junior Achievement Ireland
We know that education is fundamental to people meeting their potential. To continue to provide our customers with exceptional service , we need a well – educated and diverse workforce. At the same time, we know that our people can inspire young people through sharing their skills and experiences. This is why we first partnered Junior Achievement in 2005 and have continued this partnership ever since.
Junior Achievement Ireland inspire and motivate young people to realise their potential by valuing education , this helps them appreciate that by continuing in education they will develop the skills to succeed in the world of work. Through the Junior Achievement Ireland initiative , over a 5/6 week period volunteers from our organisation follow either a Primary or Secondary school programme with local school children. The students range in age from 5 to 18 years of age .By the end of the programmes, students will have enhanced a range of skills needed to succeed in business and will have a better understanding of what local businesses do and the career opportunities that might arise as a result. They will also have a better understanding of the economic benefits which can encourage the students to remain in education.
In 2015, Top Oil and Junior Achievement Ireland celebrated 10 years together. To date 69 Top Oil volunteers have facilitated over 125 programmes and events for over 3,000 Primary and Secondary level students in 58 schools in Carlow , Cavan , Cork , Dublin , Galway , Kilkenny , Mayo , Monaghan , Louth , Roscommon , Sligo . Westmeath and Wicklow. Hundreds of students have also visited Top Oil offices around the country where they were lucky enough to finish their programme with a school to work day. This gives the school children an opportunity to see a real working environment where they can experience the skills they learn first-hand. Our plans are to continue to grow our relationship with Junior Achievement Ireland in the future.
Local GAA Sponsorship
In 2016, we announced our two year sponsorship of the Leinster Schools GAA championships, supporting over 400 schools and 1500 matches being played within the competition across Ireland. In addition, Top Oil are proud to have had more than eight all Ireland medal winners working directly as part of our team over the years too!
In May 2016, we announced a sponsorship agreement with Showjumping Ireland. Top Oil will sponsor the National Ladies Championship, which runs from May to September at showjumping venues across the country.
This year’s National Ladies Championship gets under way at the Midleton Show, Cork, on the 28th of May, followed by other key competitive events around Ireland throughout the summer. The final show will take place at Whites Cross Charity Show, Curraheen, Cork, on the 3rd of September 2017.
Gerard Boylan, Group Chief Executive of Top Oil commented on the sponsorship: “Top Oil is proud to sponsor Showjumping Ireland’s Ladies Championship for 2017. As a leading Irish family owned home heating and fuel provider, we are committed to supporting local communities, and this partnership reflects that commitment. The development of both horses and athletes in a competitive arena is an important part of our heritage in Ireland and we are proud to be associated with Showjumping Ireland. We wish all the teams involved in competing this year the very best with the Championships.”
Michael Hennessy, Regional Chairman, Showjumping Ireland, said; “We are delighted to have such a well-known Irish brand coming on board to support the Ladies Championship this year. Top Oil is an established Irish brand and recognised as a partner of communities across Ireland, and so we are proud to have the support of Top Oil for the coming year.”
Top Oil has been involved with the ploughing championships since 2013 as official fuel partner.
Managing Director of the NPA, Ms Anna May McHugh spoke of how she looked forward to working very closely with Top Oil in the run up to the Championships and stated “I am delighted that Top Oil have come on board again this year as sponsorship partners of the event. Top Oil are a very well-known brand throughout Ireland and instantly recognisable throughout the rural community”.
“As one of our sponsorship partners, Top Oil bring much to the table in terms of supporting the Championships. As an organisation, they have a great appreciation of the importance and impact events such as the Championships have on both the national economy and the local community.”
Martin Daly, Sales & Marketing Director expressed how Top Oil look forward to the Championships “We are proud to be providing Quality Oil to the local communities of Ireland for over 200 years and are delighted to be supporting this prestigious event for a fourth consecutive year.
There is always great excitement throughout our nationwide network of Top Oil depots and retail sites about the ploughing and this year is no different.
We are really looking forward to once again working closely with The National Ploughing Association and demonstrating the synergies of our two Irish brands and the importance of local communities to each of our businesses, we both believe in quality and safety, value for money and adding to our customers experience, many of which we hope to welcome onto our new look Top Oil stand from the 19th – 21st September.”
Last year’s National Ploughing Championships was attended by a record breaking 283,000 visitors and this year promises to be even better with over 1,700 diverse and exciting exhibitors already booked in.
Top Oil is very involved in supporting our local clubs and our communities. With many of our staff either former or current players in sport, we continue to help, support and develop these clubs through sponsorships, golf classics, fund raising events or sponsorship of teams.
We are very proud of our involvement with these partnerships and will continue to work alongside them in our communities.