RAISE THE BAR


From the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship to the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix, and from Manchester City in soccer to Harlequins in rugby, Etihad Airways has a proud tradition of supporting and sponsoring sporting competitions and clubs, all over the world.


Our support is no mere name-on-the-jersey exercise. With every club or sport we get involved with, we make it our business to lift them up; to help them achieve more than previously thought possible; to Raise The Bar in their chosen field.


In Ireland, we know the crucial role that GAA clubs play in communities and appreciate the issues that many of them currently face. That’s why we’re running Raise The Bar for a second year. There was an amazing level of competition last season, with Na Piarsaigh of Limerick coming out on top. We’re hoping that in 2013, Etihad can support another deserving Irish hurling club, by coming on board alongside their existing sponsors.

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Could it be your club?

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So, what will it take to make us Raise The Bar for your club this year? It’s simple. All you have to do is go to the ‘Enter’ section of this website. Once you’ve filled in the relevant details on the online entry form, we want you to tell us about your club’s role in your community. That can be local community or wider, whichever means the most.


We also want you to tell us about the challenges the club faces to maintain this position within the modern Irish landscape. And with all this in mind, we want you to tell us what our sponsorship would mean for your club.


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The Winning Club...

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Once the entries are in, we’ll choose the four clubs that we feel most deserve to have us help them Raise The Bar. Then it’s over to our panel of judges – including Tipperary’s legendary Nicky English, the “Voice of The GAA” Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh, and The Sunday Game’s Des Cahill – who’ll make their decision on the winner.


Of course, it won’t just be down to our judges – your public vote will also count. Once we host the four finalists here online, you’ll be able to vote for the club that you think deserves it the most – so keep checking back here to see if YOUR club, or one that you know, is one of the final four.


The winning club will receive an immediate sponsorship fund of €10,000 to use however they see fit, plus a full package of support tools and appearances to access throughout the year, including:


  • Regular fundraising prizes, including 2 flights to any Etihad network destination, Hurling All-Ireland Final tickets and more
  • Mentoring with Nicky English for men’s senior team
  • Under-age coaching session with a GAA All Star
  • Club Table Quiz compère engagement by Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh
  • 2 sets of Etihad-branded O’Neills jerseys, shorts, socks etc
  • Training / travelling gear for senior teams
  • Training equipment – sliotars, hurls, cones etc
  • Ground signage

All this and more could be soon heading your club’s way – so enter today!

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About Etihad Airways

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Etihad Airways, the World’s Leading Airline, and proud Sponsor of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship, is the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and is based in the UAE’s capital, Abu Dhabi. We now fly 10 times a week from Dublin to Abu Dhabi, from where we can take you beyond to over 70 destinations worldwide.


New to our team – the Boeing 777-300ER


Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will increase capacity on its Dublin to Abu Dhabi flights, deploying a Boeing 777-300ER on the route from 2 July 2013. The B777-300ER is configured to carry 412 passengers, with 28 seats in Pearl Business Class and 384 in Coral Economy Class. It will operate on the six EY42 flights out of Dublin and will provide an additional 900 seats each week compared to the current schedule, with an extra 36 in the award winning Pearl Business class and 864 in Coral Economy. An Airbus A330-200 will continue to operate on the four EY48 flights from Dublin.


Experience Pearl Business Class


Each Pearl Business Class seat is fitted with a 16-inch personal video screen and an in-built massage facility, and transforms into a 180º fully flat, 6’1” bed. Like every other aspect of travelling in our Pearl Business Class, dining is a refined experience. You can dine as you like, when you like, from an extensive à la carte range or from our Anytime Kitchen menu. Receive access to luxury lounges with a complimentary spa treatment from Six Senses Spa*, international buffet cuisine, business, rest & relaxation and entertainment options. You can enjoy a range of convenient ground services, including chauffeur drive, ensuring you arrive in style.


Etihad Airways is officially recognised as being the best Long Haul Airline and Best Premium Class Airline out of Ireland at this year’s Irish Travel Trade Awards. Our commitment to excellence in customer service also resulted in the airline being awarded “World’s Leading Airline” for four years in a row at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 World Travel Awards.


*Abu Dhabi lounge only


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