One of the biggest annual events in the Galway calendar – the Galway Races Summer Festival – is coming soon! To celebrate, we’ve teamed up with Brooks Group to give you and a friend the opportunity to enjoy the opening day in style.

The winner & guest are invited to attend the Brooks Galway BBQ which runs from 1pm to 5pm on Monday 29th July. This includes free bar & food, and entertainment from a top class band and DJ. And of course two tickets to the evening race meet. The prize also includes accommodation in the Nox hotel on the 29th July.

There is also the opportunity to win Brooks most stylish gentleman or most stylish lady competition.

*ID will be required to gain entry and guests must be over 18*

 

 

 

Connacht Rugby are delighted to announce Four Star Pizza as a new official partner with the province and sponsor of Half Time Mini Rugby in the Sportsground.

 

Half Time Mini Rugby is an all-inclusive new initiative which involves teams from U8s up to U12s, all girls teams and Connacht’s Disability Rugby teams playing at half-time of Connacht’s competitive home games in the Sportsground. All 27 clubs in the province will be represented as part of the initiative.

 

Announcing the new partnership, Head of Commercial & Marketing at Connacht Rugby, Brian Mahony said: “We are delighted to welcome Four Star Pizza on board as an official partner of Connacht Rugby. We place a huge emphasis on the development of the domestic club game here in the province. The Half Time Mini Rugby, now sponsored by Four Star Pizza, brings together the club game and our match day experience in the Sportsground.”

 

Brian Clarke, Director of Four Star Pizza commented ‘We are proud to become an official partner of Connacht Rugby and in particular in supporting the youth teams in the province by becoming sponsor of the Half Time Mini Rugby in the Sportsground. We look forward to the season ahead with Connacht Ruby and continuing to bring the tastiest pizza to the province.”

 

Four Star Pizza is a wholly Irish-owned Pizza chain, established in 1988, and operates 49 stores across the island of Ireland, including two in Galway. Four Star Pizza is renowned for its pizza dough which is freshly prepared by hand on site daily by passionate and expertly trained pizza doughologists.

 

NUI Galway and Connacht Rugby have announced an extension of their partnership until 2019.  NUI Galway became Connacht’s Academy and University partner in 2013, and since then 19 Connacht players have, or are about to, graduate from NUI Galway including current senior squad members Denis Buckley, Eoin Griffin, Eoin McKeon, Andrew Browne, Dave Heffernan, Jack Carty, Darragh Leader, Eoghan Masterson, Sean O’Brien and Conor McKeon.

Through the partnership, NUI Galway supports the Connacht Rugby Academy, and Connacht age grade player, particularly through the provision of structured third level education.  This year, 18 Connacht players across senior, academy and sub-academy squads are currently studying in NUI Galway in a number of disciplines including Commerce, Leadership, Law, Financial Maths & Economics, Science, Arts, Engineering, Computer Science & IT and Project Management.

As part of the partnership there is also an opportunity for some athletes from NUI Galway to benefit from Connacht Rugby’s high level strength and conditioning expertise.

Commenting on the extended partnership, NUI Galway’s Director of Sport, Mike Heskin said: “This partnership gives Connacht Rugby players the supports to realise their ambitions on and off the field by combining the student experience with life as an elite sportsperson.   Both organisations are focused on excellence, and since the partnership began, Connacht have succeeded in the Pro 12, while NUI Galway has risen to the Top 1% of world universities.  As this partnership evolves over the coming years we look forward to developing this culture of success while helping the next generation of leaders to reach their potential on the rugby field and throughout their careers.” 

Welcoming the continued partnership, Head of Commercial and Marketing at Connacht Rugby, Brian Mahony said: “We are delighted to be announcing the extension of this key strategic partnership with NUI Galway for a further two years. At Connacht Rugby we want our players to excel both on and off the field. Furthering their education is a key component to their personal development and having the opportunity to further their education in such a prestigious university is of huge importance. The partnership has been a huge success over the past few years and I have no doubt that it will continue to flourish into the future.”

Connacht Rugby are pleased to confirm a new partnership with McDonogh Capital Investments.

One of Ireland’s foremost private companies, the McDonogh Capital Investments name will appear on the sleeve of the province’s playing and training jerseys for the next two 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.

Head of Commercial & Marketing at Connacht Rugby, Brian Mahony, said:

“We are delighted to welcome McDonogh Capital Investments to Connacht Rugby as partners. They are a very successful local business that are heavily involved in the local community in Galway. With the newly-expanded PRO14 Championship, a position on our playing and training jersey has become an even more valuable asset — we are confident that it will help McDonogh Capital Investments achieve some of their brand exposure goals.”

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 step as we become more active in the Irish market once again.

“This is the first of many exciting announcements we will be making as we unveil development plans for Ireland and, in particular, Galway.”

Connacht Rugby Head of Commercial & Marketing Brian Mahony with Mark Lohan and Tiernan McKeogh of Brooks Group.

We are pleased to announce a new two-year partnership with Brooks Group ahead of the coming season.

With branches in Galway, Sligo and nationwide, Brooks Group are one of the leading timber and building merchants in the country and have been an institution in the Irish construction industry for many years.

Brooks Group had previously been Connacht Rugby Business Club members and have now advanced to become Kit Partners with the Brooks Group name to be displayed on our playing and training shorts for the next two seasons.

Commenting on the new partnership, Connacht Rugby Head of Commercial & Marketing Brian Mahony said: “We are delighted to see Brooks Group elevate their partnership with the club to become a Kit Partner.

“After recognising the benefits of being a Business Club member for a number of years, we’re happy that Brooks Group have seen the value in becoming a Club Partner to help them achieve their business objectives.

A position on the kit is a much sought-after asset, and with increasing TV viewing figures we’re confident that it will help Brooks Group achieve some of their brand exposure goals.”

Mark Lohan, Managing Director of the Brooks Group, said: “Brooks are delighted to be associated with Connacht Rugby and we see the relationship as a nice fit.

“Brooks is an enduring brand and has seen significant change over the past decade. However, we remain dedicated to quality of product and service and honesty in performance.

“Connacht Rugby have also seen change but these guiding values of quality and honesty are also evident in their set-up and approach. Both brands attract patrons from the furthest reaches of the province and country — this is a good match.”

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