We have been blown away by the response to the release of our limited-edition Heroes jersey in aid of ALONE and the Galway and Mayo/Roscommon hospices. We truly appreciate the generosity from our fantastic supporters.

Thanks to your kindness and support we have raised much-needed funds to support them as they continue to help our community.

This jersey represents the hard work that they put in every day to help our most vulnerable in society. We look forward to seeing our supporters wearing this jersey with pride in support of our Heroes.

For now, the game will be won by staying at home, there will be brighter and healthier days ahead, when we can all venture out to support Connacht Rugby at home in The Sportsground once again.

Connacht Rugby, along with our partners Elverys and BLK, have collaborated to create a special and unique, Limited-Edition ‘Heroes’ jersey in aid of ALONE and the Galway and Mayo/Roscommon Hospices.

During these unprecedented times, ALONE and the Hospices are unrelenting in their support of our most vulnerable in society. To support their trojan efforts and by way of support to all our front-line workers, 100% of profits from this Limited-Edition jersey will go directly to ALONE and the two Connacht-based Hospices.

The jersey sports a unique design inspired by Superheroes, reminding us that they are not the only ones who wear capes and is our way of saying thanks to all Superheroes fighting day in, day out to makes the lives of the most vulnerable better.

The caption ‘Home Advantage’ reminds us that for now, this game is won by staying at home, but is also a nod to what will be brighter and healthier days ahead, when we can all venture out to support Connacht Rugby at home in The Sportsground once again, wearing this ‘Heroes’ shirt with pride.

Connacht Rugby would like to thank all our sponsors who donated their normal logo space to help make this jersey possible.

ALONE’s support line is available at 0818 222 024 from 8am-8pm, seven days a week, supporting the clinical advice and information being provided by the HSE.

The ALONE helpline offers advice and support for COVID-19 and other issues that are coming up for older people at this time, including difficulties in relation to physical and mental health, loneliness, isolation, finance, safety, and housing. For more information see www.alone.ie 

Galway Hospice can be contacted on 091 77 0868 for general enquires or if you wish to help with fundraising, volunteering or recruitment.

The Mayo/Roscommon Hospice are available on 094 938 8666 and you can visit www.hospice.ie for further enquiries.

Where can I get this jersey?
The limited-edition jersey is available exclusively on a pre-order basis from Wednesday 13th May on www.elverys.ie and costs just €70 for an adult and starts at €48 for kids. But hurry, only a limited number of these once-off jerseys will be produced and orders will be fulfilled on a first come, first serve basis.

All orders have to be place by 23rd May.

There is an expected delivery time of five to six weeks as these jerseys are being produced specifically for each individual once orders are placed.

Thank you for playing your part by supporting the Connacht Rugby Limited-Edition Heroes Jersey in aid of ALONE and the Galway & Mayo/Roscommon Hospices.

#StrongerAtHome #HomeAdvantage


Connacht Rugby is pleased to announce Pieta House as our official charity partner for 2017.

Over the season Connacht Rugby will work closely with Pieta House, providing them with active support on specific projects, including their flagship fundraising event Darkness into Light taking place at different locations around the country on Saturday May 6th 2017.

Connacht Rugby players and management will be involved in various awareness campaigns for the national charity.

Commenting on the announcement Connacht Rugby’s Business Relationship Manager Barry McCann said:

“This is the second season we will work with Pieta House and we hope to make a real difference in helping them to raise awareness around self-harm and suicide in Ireland.

“As with every season our objective is to increase awareness for our charity partner. Pieta House do wonderful work and make a big impact in Connacht, Ireland and abroad and we look forward to working with them again this season.

“With so many deserving charities it is always a difficult process in selecting the nominated charities each season and where possible we will continue to support additional charity initiatives.”


Brian Higgins CEO of Pieta House commented on the partnership saying: 

“I’m very grateful to Connacht Rugby for choosing to support Pieta House as their official charity partner for another season. Partnerships and support of this kind are essential to raise awareness of suicide and self-harm in our communities. Our vision is to live in a world where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance. Supporting and looking out for each other is a vital part of team sports and I encourage all those who are part of the club to continue to look after themselves and to watch out for each other.”   

About Pieta House

Pieta House was founded in 2006 by Joan Freeman and offers counselling to those suffering from suicidal ideation, those who have been bereaved by suicide and people who are engaging in self-harm. Everything is free of charge and staff are fully qualified and provide a professional one-to-one therapeutic service. A doctor’s referral or a psychiatric report is not required.

In the bereavement centres, Pieta provides counselling, therapy and support to individuals, couples, families and children who have been bereaved by suicide

All of the services can also be accessed by phoning the free 24-hour suicide helpline 1800 247 247.

Pieta House West in Tuam provides one-to-one professional and therapeutic support to individuals across the western region who are struggling with thoughts of suicide or engaging in self-harm.

The Galway Suicide Bereavement Centre is located at 13 Dun Daingean, Newcastle. Phone – 091 502 921.

The Pieta House Suicide Bereavement Liaison Officer for Co Galway is Pauline Cahillane. Email: [email protected] / Telephone: 085 856 8082.

For more information, visit www.pieta.ie.

For information on how your charity can apply for support from Connacht Rugby, please go to http://www.connachtrugby.ie/about/charities


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