Pictured at the Maxol Irish University Rugby Union women's rugby event at NUIM Barnhall Rugby Club on Wednesday 18th, Dermot O'Toole, Head of Retail Operations, Maxol, and over 200 university players celebrate the kick off of the festival and 25 years of Maxol sponsorship.
Maxol, Ireland's leading family owned forecourt and convenience retailer, is celebrating one of rugby's longest commercial sponsorships with a partnership of twenty-five years with the Irish Universities Rugby Union (IURU) this year. The Maxol IURU Rugby Festival 2017 kicked off with a women's intervarsity tournament in Barnhall Rugby Club in Leixlip yesterday. Teams from UCD, Trinity, Maynooth, UCC, Galway, University of Ulster, UL, DCU, Queens Belfast, Waterford IT and Tralee IT competed for the Kay Bowen Cup. In a valiantly fought battle against NUI Galway, DCU took home the trophy.
Nora Stapleton, one of Ireland's best known female rugby players with 50 caps for Irelandincluding the Women's Rugby World Cup 2017, dropped by to watch the teams in action. She said,
"Since Ireland hosted the Women's Rugby World Cup this summer, interest in the game has surged. Well done to all the teams that played – it was great to see such a high level of rugby on display."
The Kay Bowen Cup was inaugurated five years ago and is named after the first woman president of a rugby club, namely DUFC (TCD). Kay Bowen attended the event yesterday and said,
"It was very gratifying to see such a great turnout of teams again this year, with over 200 women taking to the pitch. This is the first year that the tournament has been opened up to the Institutes of Technology and I am delighted to see Waterford and Tralee joining the competition and putting in such strong performances. I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the IURU to thank Maxol for continuously backing university rugby over the last twenty-five years."
Dermot O'Toole, Head of Retail Operations, The Maxol Group said,
"We are delighted to be able to continue our long association with the IURU. At Maxol, we strive to be at the heart of it in communities around Ireland, and our sponsorship with the IURU provides us with an exciting platform to engage with our customers across our network of 234 service stations."
The Maxol IURU Rugby Festival continues on Saturday 21st October when the men compete at Terenure Rugby Club, Terenure College, for the under 20s Conroy Cup and junior Maughan-Scally Cup. Kick-off is at noon with thirteen teams competing from Dublin University FC,NUIM Barnhall RFC, NUI Galway RFC, Queens University Belfast RFC, UCC RFC, and UCD RFC.
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About The Maxol Group
- The Maxol Group was established in 1920 by William McMullan. The 4th generation of the family are Company Directors.
- Maxol makes a significant contribution to the economy on both sides of the border and markets a comprehensive range of oil and petroleum products to the Irish Market, through their Retail, Fuel Card and Lubricants divisions.
- The Maxol Group had an annual turnover of €551m in 2016.
- The company employs directly and indirectly more than 1,000 people across the island of Ireland.
- Maxol has been investing and expanding in recent years and currently has a network of 234 service stations, of which 115 are company owned.
- The new food brand Moreish – Fresh Food at Maxol was launched in 2014 and is currently in 31 Maxol service stations and growing. It won 'Best Oil Company Initiative' at Ireland's Forecourt & Convenience Awards 2015.
- Maxol was voted the most reputable oil company in Ireland for four consecutive years between 2012 to 2015 by Corporate Reputations independent survey.
- Maxol M3 Mulhuddart Services in south Dublin won 'Best Forecourt in Ireland' at Irelands Forecourt & Convenience Awards 2016.
- Maxol M3 Mulhuddart Services received Large Format Honourable Mention at the International Convenience Retailer of the Year Awards 2017.