Vodafone Ireland was celebrating last night after picking up three gongs at the European Sponsorship Awards, including for the Best Arts and Culture Sponsorship across the whole continent.

The Vodafone Comedy Club picked up that accolade in a field dominated by Irish projects from Bord Gais Energy, Accenture and Dublin Port.

Gerry Nixon and Paddy Carbery doubled down by also winning the Best Large Sports Sponsorship and the best use of PR in sponsorship for their partnership with Irish Rugby.

The accolade is just reward for the splitting of resource and investment across two key properties in Winter and Summer.

The most prestigious award in European Sponsorship is also on its way back to Ireland once again, clutched tightly by Lisa Browne and Edel McCarthy of Electric Ireland for their inspiring ‘Darkness Into Light’ Partnership with Pieta House.

“We’re delighted, proud and moved to be awarded ESA Sponsorship of the Year 2017,” said Browne.

“Our campaign, which sees both brand and charity come together in the community, is a real example of a true partnership.”

To say that Ireland is playing at the top of the game when it comes to sponsorship would be, quite simply, an enormous understatement.

The evening was rounded out in style for Ireland when Teneo PSG, another early supporter of Entertainment for Business, landing the prize for best agency in a single country.