St Patrick's Athletic To Launch Eircom League News Email

  • Fri, Jan 20, 2006 @ 14:08

St Patrick's Athletic are to become the first eircom League club to launch a free email news service in different languages to supporters. The service, to be launched before the new eircom League season in March, is thought to be the first of it's kind in the world to offer supporters the option to receive email news updates in a variety of languages.

Reflecting the growing diversity of Ireland's population, the Saints will offer the email news service in 11 languages. The languages offered will be:

  • Gaeilge (Irish)

  • English

  • Polish

  • Mandarin (Chinese)

  • French

  • Spanish

  • German

  • Portuguese

  • Swahili (East African language)

  • Afrikaans

  • Russian

  • The ability to provide the service in different languages arises from the offer of free translation services from friends and contacts of Club Chairman, Andrew O'Callaghan.

    It is expected that St Patrick's Athletic's initiative to welcome recent arrivals to Ireland will also catch the imagination of the Irish public. Of course, it follows St Patrick's Athletic's long tradition of diversity, with many players of multiracial and non-Irish backgrounds having represented the club over many years.

    Commenting on the new service, Club Chairman, Andrew O'Callaghan commented as follows: "this is a very exciting development for the Club. We have always been seen as a Club that embraced diversity and multiculturalism and extending this ethos to those making their home in our country is a natural extension of this. I would like to see people of all nationalities at our games and regarding St Patrick's Athletic as their club in Ireland. For example, there are over 100,000 Polish people in Ireland - if even 1% of those became St Patrick's Athletic supporters, it would mean 1,000 new supporters for the Club. I am also pleased that we will finally be offering a good email news service to current supporters. We do not communicate enough with our supporters and hopefully this will be a start to reversing that position.

    He also added - "I am really looking forward to this new service and wish to thank everyone involved with this initiative, particularly Donal Burke (Club IT Manager) and the 10 volunteers who have offered translation services at no cost to the Club. It is a wonderful gesture and is greatly appreciated".

    Further information on the new service and on how to sign-up for it, will be given over the coming weeks.

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