Bank of Ireland announces its ‘Sponsor for a Day’ Rugby winners

  • Acutrace will sponsor the Leinster rugby team
  • CelgenTek Ltd will sponsor the Munster rugby team
  • Prize includes the sponsorship of the teams for European Rugby Champions Cup matches in January 2016


The winning team at Acutrace


The winning team at CelgenTek Ltd

Bank of Ireland today announced that Acutrace is the Leinster winner and CelgenTek Ltd is the Munster winner of its ‘Sponsor for a Day’ rugby competition. This is the third year of the competition, which was open to businesses across Ireland. The prize includes the right for the two winning companies to have their logos displayed across the Leinster and Munster rugby players’ jerseys for a European Rugby Champions Cup match in January 2016. Acutrace will sponsor the Leinster rugby team for the Leinster v Bath game in the RDS, Dublin and CelgenTek Ltd will sponsor the Munster rugby team for the Munster v Stade Francais game at Thomond Park, Limerick. Both games will be broadcast live on SKY. The total value of the prize is c. €50,000.

Acutrace is a new Irish start-up company in the energy technology sector. The company is 100% Irish owned and launched its MVAC software at the Energy Show in March 2015. Acutrace have developed software and hardware solutions for energy monitoring in commercial and industrial buildings. The software allows users to measure, visualise, analyse and control their energy costs. This software can also be used to develop a complete smart building solution incorporating all the technologies used in modern building automation. Acutrace can measure all utilities including electricity, water, gas, and oil and can also monitor and control essential building systems such as back-up generators, fire alarms and intelligent lighting systems.

Aidan McDonnell, Managing Director at Acutrace said “Winning the Bank of Ireland ‘Sponsor for a Day’ competition means so much to the team here in Acutrace. Over the last month everyone got involved in any way they could, canvassed for votes and spreading the word about the competition and Acutrace. All the hard work has now paid off and we are over the moon, it means so much to all of us.

“Winning the competition will have huge benefits for Acutrace. Being associated with two of the biggest brands in Ireland will provide us with the marketing platform and exposure to help us to continue the growth and development of our company into 2016 and beyond.

“We want to thank everyone that voted for us over the last month. We had huge support from family, friends, business contacts and our local areas. Everyone really got behind our company story and supported for us. We can’t thank our supporters enough, without them we would not be here today celebrating winning the Bank of Ireland’s ‘Sponsor for a Day’ competition and getting our company name on the Leinster Jersey”.

Founded in May 2014, CelgenTek Ltd is an international orthopaedics company based in Ireland focused on developing, manufacturing and delivering simple, targeted and effective products that ensure better outcomes in patients with compromised bone. Through collaboration with experts in new technology development and clinical practice, CelgenTek Ltd is committed to improving surgical outcomes through proven innovative and cost efficient product design and technologies. Supported by evidence based research and driven by an experienced and knowledgeable team, CelgenTek Ltd is committed to being the trusted partner of choice for healthcare professionals and stakeholders whilst improving the quality of patient’s lives.

Commenting on the win Pierse Danaher, Finance Director at CelgenTek Limited said “CelgenTek is a new medical device company from Clare. Every day we are seeking to be best in class, striving for success through innovation. This competition is helping CelgenTek get the national and international attention it deserves. From a business perspective this is a game-changer.

“We are proud to be associated with the excellence that is Munster Rugby, both encompassing the values of hard work, dedication and each going that extra yard for the win. CelgenTek Limited would like to thank Bank of Ireland, Munster Rugby, The Ray D’Arcy Show and importantly everyone who took the time to vote for us!”

Declan Galvin, Head of Small Business at Bank of Ireland said “Congratulations to the teams at Acutrace and CelgenTek Ltd on winning our ‘Sponsor for a Day’ competition. I am delighted to see the prizes go to two very innovative companies. ‘Sponsor for a Day’ is about giving companies the chance to gain exposure for their brands and both companies are deserving winners. Again this year, we received a high level of entries from companies across all sectors. I want to commend the teams at Acutrace and CelgenTek Ltd on their campaigns; they are deserving winners of their crown. The 10 shortlisted companies were tasked with encouraging people to vote for them to win the overall prize including; canvassing for votes at recent Leinster and Munster games, taking out advertising in local newspapers, holding a raffle and canvassing for votes in busy locations such as the University of Limerick, Shannon Airport and Bewley’s Hotel in Newlands Cross. Their hard work has certainly paid off and I am sure they will enjoy the whole experience that comes with winning our ‘Sponsor for a Day’ competition.

“We are delighted to support our business customers through initiatives such as our ‘Sponsor for a Day’ competition. At Bank of Ireland we are the No 1 Bank for business and supporting Ireland’s entrepreneurs is a key objective for us. Aside from the financial support we offer businesses, we have a number of initiatives in place to help businesses to grow and develop including our bi-annual National Enterprise Weeks and our Enterprise Town events which are taking place in towns throughout Ireland. I encourage both customers of the Bank and non-customers to visit us at or call into their local branch to see how we can help to grow and develop their business,” concluded Declan Galvin

The full ‘Sponsor for a Day’ prize includes – the winners company logo on the front of the jerseys; pitch signage, corporate hospitality for ten guests; match programme advert; photographs with the team, promotion for your business from Bank of Ireland, Leinster Rugby and on the Ray D’Arcy Show on RTE Radio 1 for the winners. The total prize is valued at €50,000.

You can follow the campaign on the Bank’s Twitter handle @bankofireland with the hashtag #sponsorforaday.


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