Connacht Rugby, in conjunction with our partners BLK and INTERSPORT Elverys, are delighted to announce that sales from this year’s limited edition ‘Heroes’ jersey have raised €27,000 in funds for three worthy charities.

The unique jersey was the result of a special collaboration between the three organisations during the initial COVID-19 lockdown, with 100% of profits distributed evenly to ALONE, Galway Hospice and Mayo/Roscommon Hospice.

The BLK jersey went on sale at on 13th May and was completely sold out within 8 hours, such was the incredible response from the Connacht Rugby supporters and wider community.

It 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 thank you to all Superheroes fighting every day to better the lives of the most vulnerable in our society.

Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE says:

“ALONE are delighted to have been part of such an inspiring and popular fundraiser. Connacht Rugby were a pleasure to collaborate with, on a jersey that represents and includes all members of the community. Having the jersey sell out so swiftly speaks volumes to the culture of support nurtured at the club. Thank You Connacht Rugby for including all Older People in that exact same support through ALONE.”

Mary Nash, CEO with Galway Hospice says:

“Galway Hospice were delighted to be associated with this unique lockdown fundraiser and are very grateful to have been selected as one of the beneficiaries of the funds raised. This unique fundraiser showed the commitment of all involved to do their best in supporting front line services during the Covid-19 pandemic. There is a strong bond between Galway Hospice and Connacht Rugby and we are extremely grateful to them all for their continued support. We are delighted that Connacht Rugby’s official charity partnership with Galway Hospice is extending and we look forward to continuing to work with the players and team in 2021.”

Martina Jennings, CEO of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation says:

“We have been bowled over the support we have received from Connacht Rugby. The monies raised by the Heroes jersey is an incredible sum, but the awareness created by the jersey for Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation is also hugely important. The monies raised by the jersey go directly to funding palliative care services in the community and we are also progressing well with the build of our Roscommon Hospice, which will be completed in July 2021. We are also delighted that Connacht Rugby are extending their partnership up to the end of the season – we eagerly look forward to working with them over the next number of months and are honoured to be one of the chosen partners for such a prestigious sporting body.”

Meanwhile Connacht Rugby can also confirm that our Official Charity Partnership with Galway Hospice and Mayo/Roscommon Hospice has been extended up to the end of the 2020/21 season.

This partnership will see Connacht continue to work closely with the Hospices and, in lieu of physical visits at this time, the players and staff are exploring new ways to engage with hospice patients and staff in the lead-up to Christmas.

Connacht Rugby have announced the Galway Hospice as an official charity partner for a two year period up to the end of 2020.
The partnership will involve the use of players and staff from Connacht Rugby to promote and increase awareness of fundraising projects undertaken by the Galway Hospice and of the vital contribution they make to the community.
The relationship between the two organisations has developed after a core group of Connacht Rugby players volunteered to spend time with residents in the Renmore campus. The formal relationship will ensure these visits continue to make a meaningful difference to people in receipt of palliative care.
Announcing the Galway Hospice as an official charity partner, CEO of Connacht Rugby Willie Ruane said: “Galway Hospice are delivering a vital service to the community through the provision of palliative care and other services. The organisation requires a significant level of fundraising to deliver services on an annual basis. We are delighted to be able to support those fundraising efforts through the voluntary efforts of players and staff. We are proud of how this relationship has developed from a small group of players spending time with hospice service users to now launching a formal partnership between the two organisations.
Welcoming the announcement, CEO of Galway Hospice, Mary Nash added: “We are delighted to be selected as an official charity partner of Connacht Rugby. Connacht Rugby players have been an important part of Galway Hospice for a number of years. The overwhelming impact the Connacht Rugby players have on our patients when they come to visit is heart-warming. We look forward to the players visiting throughout the year and they have become friends of the staff and patients of Galway Hospice.
Connacht Rugby player Ultan Dillane, one of the key players who initiated the partnership commented: “A few seasons ago a group of my team mates and I visited the hospice and spent time with residents there. We gained a deeper understanding of the type of services the hospice delivers. We also spent a lot of time with people that were not fortunate enough to have regular visits from loved ones for a variety of circumstances. It was a genuinely moving experience and since then other players have visited the site in Renmore and volunteered their time to assist staff. We are delighted to see the launch of an official partnership between Connacht Rugby and the Galway Hospice.


Limited Edition ‘Heroes’ jersey raises €27,000 for worthy charities

Connacht Rugby launch official partnership with Galway Hospice

Connacht Rugby launch official partnership with Galway Hospice

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