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Newry software firm scores with Asian Gaelic Games sponsorship

By Clare Weir

Newry financial software firm First Derivatives is sponsoring the GAA Asian Gaelic Games Tournament 2013 and the Asia Irish Business Forum in a bid to further expand into eastern markets.

This is the second year that the company, which has a regional operational hub in Singapore and existing clients in Hong Kong, Tokyo, UAE and Malaysia, has supported the two events.

Among other county players within First Derivatives staff, Brian Conlon, founder and chief executive of the company, was himself a senior county footballer for his native county Down.

Across the globe, the company boasts male and female players with the likes of the Manhattan Gaels, Hoboken Hurlers and Armagh NY in the US, Thomas McCurtain Mens and Ladies teams in the UK, Stockholm Gaels in Sweden, St Pat's Toronto in Canada and the Tokyo Gaels in Japan.

Held in Kuala Lumpur from October 10, the Asian Games and the precursor, Asian Irish Business Forum, will offer First Derivatives a unique networking and recruitment opportunity to tap into the Irish diaspora in Asia, many of whom work within the capital markets industry.

Now in its 18th year, the event is expected to attract some 30 clubs and almost 1,000 players.

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