Maghera-based Specialist Joinery Group, a leading manufacturer of bespoke fitted furniture, were announced as the new Derry GAA sponsors at a press event at the O’Neills Sports Store in Magherafelt on Saturday.
Group Managing Director – John Bosco O’Hagan is a well known figure in GAA circles having spent 6 years as Chairman and Club sponsor of Bellaghy Wolf Tones. Indeed his wife Teresa, a retired teacher from St. Patrick’s Maghera is also a keen follower of GAA. When asked how he felt about the sponsorship, John Bosco O’Hagan said “In many ways, the ethos of the GAA is reflected in the core values of Specialist Joinery Group. The Gaelic Athletic Association provides a meaningful outlet for the youth of today and puts the welfare and development of the community to the fore. It’s a return to Family, Community, Club and County.”
Over the past 10 years, John Bosco’s 3 sons Ciaran, Sean and Dermot have taken up key positions in the business. Together, the family is bringing the company forward to compete in new markets. Since establishing Specialist Joinery Group in 1988, the company has grown steadily and significantly working on many prestigious projects such as Titanic Signature Building, Enniskillen Hospital, The McClay Library at Queen’s University Belfast, Terminal 2 Dublin Airport, the Central Criminal Courts of Justice Dublin, several luxury hotels in London and GlaxoSmithKline in Belgium.
Derry County Board Chairman John Keenan welcomed on board the new sponsors. “We are delighted that Specialist Joinery Group has signed up to become the new sponsors of senior, Under 21 and minor hurling and football teams. Derry County Board are delighted that one of our most progressive local businesses has come on board, particularly in the current financial climate when businesses are watching every penny they spend.
“John Bosco O’Hagan is a GAA man to his very core and I have no doubt that the relationship between Derry GAA and Specialist Joinery Group will prove a very fruitful one for both parties.”