Connacht Rugby are delighted to announce an extension of their partnership with Bank of Ireland.

The partnership will continue to see the Bank of Ireland logo on the back of the senior men’s and women’s Connacht jerseys, whilst also being extended to deliver significant support for the expanding youth and adult club competitions within the province.

Speaking about the partnership, Connacht’s Head of Commercial and Marketing Philip Patterson said:

“Bank of Ireland have been a wonderful supporter of rugby in the West of Ireland and I’m delighted that both parties have agreed an extension of our partnership. Supporters are well used to seeing the logo on the back of the men’s and women’s jerseys, and their support of Adult and Youth club competitions is also a significant boost. We look forward to continuing to grow our partnership in the years ahead.”

Speaking at the launch, Marie Meehan Head of Bank of Ireland Galway, said:

“Bank of Ireland is delighted to continue our partnership with Connacht Rugby for the next two seasons. We’ve been working together to make sure we can support them in their huge ambitions for their whole community. As a result, we will now be supporting the women’s team, expanding our current sponsorship of the men’s game, and sponsoring all club and community tournaments across Connacht.”

Connacht Rugby are pleased to announce the appointment of Philip Patterson to the role of Head of Commercial & Marketing at Connacht Rugby.
 
Patterson, who is originally from the UK and has family roots in Co. Mayo, joins Connacht following over 20 years’ experience in the Marketing industry where he has created and implemented successful marketing strategies for many high-profile global brands.
 
He joins Connacht Rugby having spent time in the world of Marketing Consulting; and has also held the role of Vice President Marketing at Octagon, where he led the teams delivering marketing strategies and campaigns for brands in partnership with organisations such as UEFA, Roland Garros, The Open and Disney. These promotions reached over 50 countries and achieved significant growth for his clients.
 
Previous to this, he held positions as Senior Vice President Marketing at GMR Marketing, Vice President Marketing at IMG; as well as positions at Synergy Sponsorship and Britvic Soft Drinks. During this time, he developed and delivered marketing campaigns for brands at worldwide sporting events including the FIFA World Cup, multiple Olympic Games, Super Bowl, the UEFA European Championships and The Championships, Wimbledon.
 
Philip Patterson has joined Connacht Rugby effective immediately (Monday 5th July).
 
Commenting on the appointment, CEO of Connacht Rugby Willie Ruane said:
 
“Following an extensive recruitment process, we are delighted to announce Philip’s appointment to the key role of Head of Commercial & Marketing. Philip has a proven track record in delivering internationally renowned marketing campaigns, and he understands the importance of brand and identity to an organisation like Connacht Rugby. He will bring a lot to the role and will help lead our Commercial & Marketing team into an exciting future for everyone at the club.”
 
Philip Patterson says he’s delighted to be joining the organisation:
 
“I am thrilled to be joining the team at Connacht Rugby. This is a very exciting opportunity for me not just to lead a vibrant Commercial & Marketing team in the sports industry, but one that also allows me to reconnect with my roots in the West of Ireland. There is a huge amount to look forward to in the years ahead for Connacht Rugby, beginning with the brand-new United Rugby Championship in September. There is a culture of excellence right across the organisation and I can’t wait to play my part in that.”

Connacht Rugby are delighted to announce that Sword Security will become the Official Security Partner of the club.
 
Sword is an international award winning company providing security, crowd management and risk management services to the entertainment and hospitality industry. As a global leader Sword have worked with iconic event brands around the world from music festivals such as Glastonbury to the biggest sporting events such as the Olympics.
 
Commenting on the announcement Gavin Duffy, Partnership Manager at Connacht Rugby said ‘’Connacht Rugby prides itself on creating a welcoming, fun, safe and secure match day experience for everyone that comes through the gates of the Sportsground. The experience, advice and hard work from the team at Sword Security is of paramount importance in delivering this experience and we are delighted to be working with them throughout the season’’.
 
Commenting on the announcement Gareth Hogan, Sword’s Operations Director, said “We are delighted to once again have been selected by Connacht Rugby as their official security provider. Connacht’s commitment to the local community is inspiring and we are proud to work with such a legacy focused brand. We look forward to once again supporting the sportsground in delivering safe and secure events for their amazing fans.”

Connacht Rugby are delighted to announce that Red Bull will continue as the club’s Official Energy Drink Partner for the 2020/21 season.
 
This partnership will support Connacht Rugby in reaching their peak performance, providing players and coaching staff with Red Bull products and equipment during training and major tournaments, as well as access to world class tools and facilities including sharing of knowledge and expertise from Red Bull’s global network of experts and it’s state of the art Athlete Performance centre in Austria.
 
Commenting on the announcement Gavin Duffy Partnership Manager at Connacht Rugby said
 
‘’We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with such a strong global brand like Red Bull. Members of our senior professional squad have become more familiar with their products and the benefits of incorporating them into their preparation for training and games. Red Bull also has extensive expertise and experience in creating and delivering great experiences for fans so even in these challenging times we can look forward to an exciting season ahead for all both on and off the pitch’’
 
Established in 1987 as a functional Energy Drink, Red Bull gives wings to people and ideas. Red Bull athletes in Ireland are 400M Olympic Hurdler Thomas Barr, Enduro Mountain Bike Rider Greg Callaghan, DMEC Drift Racer Conor Shanahan and Big Wave Surfer Conor Maguire.
 
Visit RedBull.ie/Rugby for more Connacht Rugby news, stories and content and stay tuned for more as we progress through the 2020/2021 season.

Connacht Rugby are delighted to confirm the renewal of our partnership with McDonogh Capital Investments.
 
One of Ireland’s foremost private companies, the McDonogh Capital Investments name will continue to appear on the sleeve of the province’s playing and training jerseys for the next three seasons as part of the new agreement.
 
McDonogh’s is a household name in Galway and actively support local sport, business and arts enterprises. Over the years the business has transformed into a successful investment and property company. The portfolio of McDonogh Capital Investments now extends to mainland Europe and beyond.
 
Partnership Manager at Connacht Rugby, Gavin Duffy, said:
 
“We are delighted to extend our partnership with McDonogh Capital Investments. They are a very successful local business that are heavily involved in the local community in Galway. They have been a great supporter of Connacht Rugby over the last number of years and we look forward to sharing some more great moments with them again over the next three seasons’’
 
McDonogh Capital Investments CEO, Tom McDonogh, added:
 
“McDonogh Capital Investments are extremely proud to have always maintained our roots here in the West of Ireland. Our primary focus has been on developments abroad over the last number of years but our partnership with Connacht Rugby, who are as ambitious as we are, is an important aspect as we continue to become more active in the Irish market once again.
“We look forward to making further exciting announcements as we unveil future development plans for Ireland and, in particular, Galway.”

Connacht Rugby has proudly announced that it is extending our relationship with Kinetica Sports Nutrition, one of Ireland’s leading and most trusted sports nutrition brands, as our official sports nutrition partner.

Gavin Duffy, Partnership Manager, Connacht Rugby; “We are delighted to have a long-standing partnership with Kinetica. The continuous sharing of knowledge and expertise along with exploring our ‘Reasons Why’, has allowed both organisations to develop a deeper understanding of what it takes to unlock true potential and sustain high performance on a consistent basis. To date, Kinetica’s ability to work closely with our high-performance team has been a key ingredient to ensuring our players can peak on gameday.”

Sorcha Madigan, Business President Kinetica: ‘‘We are thrilled to be able to support an organisation and athletes that are looking to drive and grow rugby in the West of Ireland. Over the last number of years, Connacht has been contending at the top level across both European and Pro14 competitions. They have experienced the highs and lows of professional rugby and have encountered the usual challenges along the way but their determination as an organisation to overcome setbacks and the desire to grow and inspire the next generation of athletes are the reasons we want to back Connacht going into the 2020/21 season”

About Kinetica
Kinetica is dedicated to producing a wide range of sports nutrition supplements that taste good, can be completely trusted and are backed by extensive expertise. Trusted by international athletes and sports clubs Kinetica’s expert team are driven by providing the highest quality sports nutrition products. We are part of the Informed Sport Programme and all Kinetica products are batch tested within the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) framework to ensure we offer our customers safe and dependable sports nutrition products.

Connacht Rugby are delighted to announce that INTERSPORT Elverys is to continue as official retail partner of Connacht Rugby for the next 2 years.
 
INTERSPORT Elverys is a recognised market leader and innovator in sports retail and our retail network in the Irish market now stands at 51 stores, with a fully integrated omnichannel strategy. And a member of IINTERSPORT – a vertical retail organization with over 6,000 retail stores in 57 countries.
 
With access to all the leading sports brands, along with an understanding of our local customer like no other, we are able to provide the best advice and value for those who are passionate about sport and fitness at all levels.
 
INTERSPORT Elverys have a steadfast tradition in backing sport at all levels, from grass roots events and organisations to elite teams and athletes. And commenting on this partnership extension, Anne-Marie Hanly, Senior Marketing Manager said “our brand is one of the biggest supporters of Irish sport and will always be ahead at the beating heart of sport. Connacht Rugby Club has an incredible fan base and while the season ahead will be different, we are committing to bringing a fantastic experience to supporters”.
 
The new Connacht range for the upcoming season is now available to purchase exclusively in stores and online at www.elverys.ie.
 
Commenting on today’s announcement, Gavin Duffy Partnership Manager at Connacht Rugby says:
 
“We are delighted to announce the renewal of our retail partnership agreement with Elverys Intersport for the next two seasons. We have worked very closely together since 2016 to bring a new and exciting on-field, training and leisure range to Elverys stores and online every season. This season is no different and we look forward to developing our partnership further over the next two seasons.

Connacht Rugby are delighted to announce global technology firm Genesys as the club’s new Principal Partner.
 
Genesys will take prime position on all Connacht Rugby apparel for the next three seasons, including the 2020/21 Home, Away and European kit.
 
Our new Principal Partner will also feature on our full retail range which will be unveiled next month through Connacht Rugby’s Official Retail Partner Intersport Elverys.
 
Genesys will also become Title Partner for the Connacht Women’s Team – a hugely positive development that will help drive the growth of the women’s game in the West of Ireland.
 
Genesys helps thousands of organisations across 100 countries deliver more than 70 billion exceptional customer interactions annually. The company has had a presence in the West of Ireland since acquiring Altocloud in February 2018 after which it pledged to invest in talent and the future growth of Galway City. Its Woodquay Court offices now serve as its global centre of excellence for artificial Intelligence (AI). Genesys is on track to meet its aggressive growth objectives in the region, and sponsorship of the Connacht club demonstrates its plans for continued investment in the province.
 
Commenting on today’s news, CEO of Connacht Rugby Willie Ruane says:
 
“The announcement of Genesys as our new Principal Partner is a hugely significant day for everyone associated with Connacht Rugby. Genesys is a company with firm roots in the West of Ireland. It Is an organisation with huge ambitions and some of the world’s best talent. We look forward to helping Genesys grow and scale their presence in Ireland. It’s been a pleasure to work with the team at Genesys and we are eager to build an exciting partnership between our two organisations in the years to come.”
 
“We are proud to partner with Connacht Rugby,” said Barry O’Sullivan, executive vice president and general manager, Genesys Multicloud Solutions. “This partnership is a fantastic opportunity to connect with the local community and with the wider global rugby audience. It also provides Genesys a platform to foster the region’s talents in computer science leading to exciting future career paths in the West of Ireland.”
 

Connacht Rugby are delighted to announce a three-year partnership with Tribe Hospitality Group who will become Official Catering Partners.
 
The partnership will see Tribe Hospitality deliver individual hot meals to all pro and academy squad members three times a week, working in conjunction with the Connacht Rugby Head of Nutrition and other coaches to provide their nutritional needs across the training week. They will also provide all pre-match and post-match hospitality services on match day.
 
Tribe Hospitality Group are better known by their popular cafes across Galway city including, Ground & Co in Salthill, Baby Ground & Co in Knocknacarra, Mr Waffle in Newcastle, Delight Café on Renmore Avenue and Kingfisher, NUIG and also SAOL Café, NUIG. All shops have now reopened for takeaway and sit-in, with the exception of Delight NUIG and SAOL Café which will reopen at a further date.
 
Brian Mahony, Head of Commercial & Marketing at Connacht Rugby says:
 
“We are thrilled to be teaming up with Tribe Hospitality Group as our Official Catering Partner for the next three years. Tribe are a fast-growing employer based in the West of Ireland with locations that have proved to be very popular with our players and staff members. It’s a very challenging time for many businesses and we’re looking forward to giving Tribe Hospitality Group the platform to further grow their business and engage with our large passionate fanbase.”
 
Kevin Nugent, Owner of Tribe Hospitality Group added:
 
“We are incredibly excited to announce this news and become partners with Connacht Rugby for the next three years. The last number of months has been challenging for everyone, but it is great to be able to deliver a positive story. I left the Sportsground 10 years ago this August as restaurant manager to begin my own journey in hospitality setting up Mr Waffle, so it is an incredible feeling to return as Official Catering Partner. The partnership with Connacht has allowed us to employ two more staff again. We are looking forward to delivering the food each week and supporting the lads in the Sportsground soon!”
 
For full information about Tribe Hospitality Group see their website www.tribehospitality.ie.
 

Connacht Rugby in partnership with BLK Sport, have revealed their new Away and European jerseys for the 2019/20 season at an exclusive Season Ticket Member event at Elverys Intersport, Galway Retail Park.
 
The new jerseys are made in BLK’s new 2019 template, featuring an updated collar and sleeve detail with BLK’s exclusive Exotek fabric throughout the main body. Exotek was created exclusively by BLK to enhance athlete performance, while maximising player manoeuvrability.
 
The new Away jersey features total diagonal lines and the new Connacht Eagle proudly across the chest and torso, finished with striking fluro green trim and collar detail. The jersey also features a unique silicon gel logo application and fluro green Connacht branding on the lower back.
 
The new European jersey features navy diagonal lines and a fluro green mist across the chest and torso, finished with striking fluro green trim and collar detail. The jersey also features a unique silicon gel logo application and fluro green Connacht branding on the lower back.
 
Commenting on the unveiling of the new jersey, Head of Commercial and Marketing at Connacht Rugby Brian Mahony said: “We are delighted to be launching our European and away jersey ahead of an exciting season of Champions Cup and PRO14 rugby. We have some huge games coming up in the Sportsground, as we compete with the top teams in Europe in both competitions. Our kit partners BLK have yet again come up with world class designs and technical products for our new range. I have no doubt they will be worn with massive pride by players and supporters alike”.
 
Commenting on the new Connacht Rugby European jersey, Bruce Wood, Head of Brand Ireland at BLK Sport, said: “Working closely with Connacht management, we wanted to make a strong statement with Connacht preparing for their return to the Champions Cup, we believe that these the new Away & European kits will delight the fans & players alike”.
 
Commenting on the unveiling of the new Connacht Rugby European jersey, Anne-Marie Hanly, Senior Marketing Manager at Intersport Elverys said: “Intersport Elverys are delighted to add the new Connacht Rugby European and Away jerseys to the 2019/20 range. Having Elverys.ie on the front of the jerseys this season will bring our offering to a whole new audience, as Connacht Rugby take on the best in Europe once again”.
 
The team will wear the new away kit when they line out against Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets on the 28th September. The European jersey will get its first outing when Connacht face Montpellier at The Sportsground, Sunday 17th November. Tickets are available from www.Connachtrugby.ie/tickets. The full Connacht range is exclusively available at Intersport Elverys and online at from Thursday 19th September at 10am.
 

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