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Today is the closing date for Bank of Ireland’s Sponsor for a Day competition. Valued at EUR50,000, the competition provides businesses with the chance to sponsor a Leinster Rugby or Munster Rugby Champions Cup clash in January.

We won this prize last year and it really is a unique opportunity for your small business. The prize opens up a national sponsorship opportunity – something that might otherwise be beyond your reach. In addition, Bank of Ireland has partnered with the Ray D’Arcy show on RTE for ‘Sponsor for a Day 2015′ which will provide companies that enter the competition with brand exposure on a prime time national radio show.

  • the winner’s company logo on the front of the jerseys
  • pitch signage
  • corporate hospitality for ten guests
  • a match programme advert
  • photographs with the team
  • promotion from Bank of Ireland and Leinster Rugby / Munster Rugby through press and media for all shortlisted companies and winners.

Now in its third year, last year’s winners were Big Red Cloud accounting software  in Leinster and Irish Yogurts in Munster with the previous year’s winners being Gahan Meats and Ryan Stoves. respectively.


Marc O'Dwyer

After completing a Graduate program in Marketing, Marc’s impressive sales career began at Allied Irish Banks, Pitney Bowes and Panasonic where he received numerous Irish and European sales performance awards and consistently exceeded targets and expectations. In 1992, Marc’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to set up his own business, Irish International Sales (IIS). Initially, this company was a reseller for Take 5 Accounts and Payroll software. Within four years, IIS became the largest reseller of Take 5 in Ireland, acquiring four other Take 5 resellers. He also found time to set up two mobile phone shops under the Cellular World brand and a web design company offering website design services for small businesses. In 2001, he bought the majority share in a small Irish software business, Big Red Book. At that time, the company was losing money. The company became profitable within two months, and Marc then acquired a payroll company to compliment Big Red Books Accounting products. In 2003, IIS were appointed as Channel Partners with SAP for their new SME product, SAP Business One. Marc sold his Take 5 business and concentrated on developing this new market for SAP As a result, by 2007, IIS was recognised as the largest Channel Partner for SAP in EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa). In 2008, the IIS Sales Manager bought the Company from Marc in an MBO. He launched Big red cloud in June 2012, the online version of big red book, to date the company successfully converts 59% of trials into sales and the number of customers is growing rapidly. Marc continues to run both Big Red Book and Big Red Cloud which now support 75,000 businesses. He is a very keen sportsman, having played rugby for 20 years, represented Leinster at under 16 and under 20 levels, and league squash with Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club for 10 years. Marc has competed in 11 Marathons, including the London and Boston Marathons, and has completed several Triathlons and Half Ironman races. He has also completed six Ironman Races in Austria(x2), Frankfurt (Germany), Nice (France) , Mallorca (Spain) and Copenhagen (Denmark)