Connacht Rugby in partnership with BLK Sport, have today unveiled their new home jersey ahead of the 2018/19 season.

The new jerseys are made with BLK’s exclusive Exotek fabric throughout the main body bound with reinforced cover stitch and lycra paneling. Exotek was created exclusively by BLK to enhance athlete performance, while maximising player comfort and maneuverability. 

This year’s jersey maintains its traditional Connacht green look and feel with the introduction of horizontal tonal green and fluro lines, and with fluro piping detailing inspired by the “Grassroots to Green Shirts” vision of Connacht Rugby.  The jersey also features a unique silicon gel logo application and fluro green Connacht branding on the lower back.

The Connacht team will wear the jersey for the first time at the preseason fixtures away to Brive on August 10th and at home to Wasps at Dubarry Park, Athlone on August 18th. 

Commenting on the unveiling of the new jersey, Head of Commercial and Marketing at Connacht Rugby Brian Mahony said: “The challenge for BLK was to deliver a jersey that represents Connacht Rugby both on and off the field and yet again they have delivered on both fronts. The unveiling of a new home jersey for Connacht Rugby is always a hugely anticipated event. We expect that this jersey will be particularly popular due to its striking green tone and unique design. As we approach the new season this jersey will be worn with great pride by players on the field and by supporters off it.”

Commenting on the new Connacht Rugby range, Bruce Wood, Brand Manager at BLK Sport, said: “We’re delighted to see the new Connacht Rugby home jersey come to life, we’ve worked closely with Connacht management to develop a new range that we feel the fans will really enjoy. We’ve seen a positive reaction to some of the new styles that have been introduced in to the range. There is a great excitement at the club this pre-season and we’re looking forward to a successful season ahead.”

Commenting on the unveiling of the new Connacht Rugby home jersey, Anne-Marie Hanly, Senior Marketing Manager at Intersport Elverys said: “It’s fantastic to continue our close relationship with Connacht Rugby. We are proud to be Title Sponsors and Official Retail Partners for the third season. The new home jersey will be available in 22 stores across our network and online along with the new training range which offers fans their favourite styles in fresh new designs, with more to come. We have some exciting competitions and events planned for all supporters as well as exclusive benefits for season ticket holders. We want to wish the team and management the best of luck on the field for the 2018/19 season.”

The new home jersey and training range are exclusively available at Intersport Elverys and online at www.elverys.ie from Friday 3rd August at 10am.

Connacht Rugby and Bank of Ireland are delighted to announce a three year official partnership which will see the Bank of Ireland logo displayed on the back of the Connacht home, away, European and training jerseys. Bank of Ireland has a long proud tradition of supporting Irish Rugby and this latest partnership further strengthens that relationship.

Announcing the new partnership, Head of Commercial and Marketing at Connacht Rugby Brian Mahony said: “We are delighted to welcome Bank of Ireland on board as a sponsor. Bank of Ireland’s goals of enabling their customers, colleagues and communities to thrive is directly aligned with our community driven purpose. Connacht Rugby and Bank of Ireland have a proud history together and we are excited to partner once again. Bank of Ireland is synonymous with rugby in Ireland and their long-term investment is helping drive the sport forward across the province and country.”

Commenting on the exciting new partnership, Gemma Bell, Sponsorship Manager, Bank of Ireland added: “We are thrilled to come on board with Connacht Rugby as an official partner for the next three years. Connacht Rugby has a long tradition and presence in local communities with a very devoted fan base which is what makes the partnership such an excellent fit for Bank of Ireland. This partnership now places Bank of Ireland at the heart of rugby across the island of Ireland and supports the Bank’s broader programme of activity to support and drive the local economy through initiatives like our Enterprise events and Youth programme for schools. We look forward to supporting the continued success of Connacht Rugby in the seasons ahead.”

 

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.

 

Energia renews sponsorship deal with Connacht and offers energy discount scheme for fans

Connacht Rugby and Energia have renewed their energy supplier sponsorship agreement for another season.

Who can forget it last season when the Energia Guinea Pigs and Connacht Rugby’s Eddie the Eagle went head-to-head in the crossbar challenge?

We look forward to another great season with Energia as our official energy partner for 2017/18.

Energia is Ireland’s fastest growing home energy supplier as well as powering almost 60,000 Irish businesses.

Not only will Energia supply power to the Sportsground but will also be offering a great energy deal to the players and staff and, most importantly, the supporters of Connacht Rugby.

Commenting on the continued partnership, John King, SME Sales Manager of Energia (pictured above with Connacht players Conor Carey, Caolin Blade and Tom Farrell), said:

“We are always looking to win new business by driving a better deal. That is why we’re delighted to be teaming up with Connacht Rugby and their supporter network in the West. It’s great to win new customers and even better to keep them, so we are delighted to continue the partnership with the Connacht Rugby family.

“Rugby is all about the team working together to get the best results and that’s the approach we take to working with our customers. Connacht Rugby is one of almost 60,000 Irish businesses who have chosen Energia for their electricity and gas supply. Our ability to offer customers very competitive rates and outstanding customer service makes Energia a winning choice.”

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

“We are delighted to continue our partnership with Energia. The deal gives Connacht Rugby a deep insight into our energy usage, identifies areas for conservation and refinement and helps us achieve a sustainable energy solution for the club. We are proud to partner with such a reliable and customer-orientated service provider and also to help our supporters with their energy needs as well.

“Watch out for a fantastic offer from Energia very soon and let’s look forward to a rematch with the Guinea Pig v the Eagle!”

Connacht Rugby are delighted to announce that we have extended our partnership with Pirtek fluid transfer solutions for a further three years.

Pirtek fluid transfer solutions have been official partners for the past two years and will continue to have their logo displayed on the Connacht Rugby playing and training shorts.

Brian Mahony, Head of Commercial and Marketing at Connacht Rugby, said: “Our partnership with Pirtek fluid transfer solutions has been a great success over the past two years and we are delighted to extend our relationship with the business for three more seasons.

“Their passion for Connacht Rugby since coming on board has been clear to see and we look forward to working with both their franchise team here in Galway and across Ireland to continue delivering an exciting and successful partnership.”

Pirtek Managing Director, Chris Stuckey, said:

“We are extremely pleased to be extending our partnership with Connacht for  three more years.  The partnership has provided Pirtek with fantastic brand exposure and given the opportunity for our centres to entertain important customers at various events throughout the season. We are excited to see what the new season brings.”

 

Pirtek Europe have service centres and on-site teams working in Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands and the UK.

Pirtek’s mission is to provide the fastest and most convenient service available, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They offer a comprehensive range of fluid transfer solutions, products & services to industries including: Agriculture; Automotive; Construction & Plant Hire; Defence; Environmental; Services; Manufacturing; Marine & Offshore; Material Handling; Mining & Quarrying; Transport & Logistics; and Utilities.

We are pleased to announce a new two-year extension with Grant Thornton, Ireland’s fastest growing professional services firm, for naming rights of the seated stand at the Sportsground in Galway. The Grant Thornton Seated Stand is the premier vantage point in the Sportsground, is in place for all of our home games and offers a seated option for 290 supporters.

Commenting on the partnership extension, Brian Mahony, Head of Commercial and Marketing at Connacht Rugby, said: “We are delighted that Grant Thornton are extending their partnership with Connacht Rugby and laying down deeper roots with the province. Grant Thornton have been outstanding in their own sphere in recent years and we’re very confident that our partnership will ensure both parties continue to grow strongly in the years ahead.”

Commenting on the announcement, Aengus Burns, Partner in Grant Thornton’s Galway office, said: “The development of Connacht Rugby in recent years has been phenomenal and we are delighted to continue supporting them as they go from strength to strength.

“Grant Thornton as a firm are committed to supporting and enriching the communities in which our offices are based. We strive to achieve this on both a local and national level and with Connacht Rugby covering both provincial and grassroots teams we see this as an important partnership. We’re looking forward to many more great evenings in the Grant Thornton Seated Stand.”

Connacht Rugby are pleased to announce that we are extending our partnership with HC Financial Advisers, our official business advisers, for a further two years.

Established in 1988, HC Financial Advisers Limited have grown to become the largest financial services company in the West of Ireland and are now entering their fifth season as partners of Connacht Rugby.

Connacht Rugby Head of Commercial, Brian Mahony, said:

“Continuing to align Connacht Rugby with an established and trusted regional brand is very important to us. We are delighted that HC Financial Advisers recognise the direction Connacht Rugby is heading in and that they want to continue with us on the journey.“

Gerry Cuddy, Chief Executive of HC Financial, commented:

“We are very happy to be extending our successful and mutually beneficial relationship with Connacht Rugby for a further two seasons. HC have always felt a real affinity with Connacht Rugby – both are local organisations, built around people – top class professional personnel performing at the highest level.

“We wish the new Connacht Head Coach Kieran Keane and his team the very best of luck for the season ahead. We look forward to working with Connacht Rugby as their official business advisers and through the commercial team we aim to roll out our services to the broader Connacht fan base over the course of the seasons ahead.”

HC Financial focus on helping people map out their financial future – full financial reviews coupled with forward looking cash-flow modelling of every conceivable event in a client’s lifetime enable HC clients plan for a financially secure future.

HC also provide advisory services to companies – particularly in the somewhat complex area of employee benefits, pensions and trusteeships.

Connacht Rugby are pleased to announce a new three-year deal with The Connacht Hotel as official hotel partners.

Long-standing partners of the province, The Connacht Hotel has been welcoming guests to Galway for almost 50 years. It is the flagship hotel for the Connacht Hospitality Group, that also includes the newly reopened Forster Court Hotel and the Residence Hotel as well as two of Galway’s busiest bars, An Púcan and 1520 Bar.

Commenting on the new three-year deal, Connacht Rugby Head & Commercial and Marketing, Brian Mahony, said:

“The Connacht Hotel have been partners of ours for many years and we are delighted to extend that partnership for another three years. The fact that it is located within walking distance of Galway city centre and the Sportsground, the hotel is the perfect venue for visiting clubs and supporters from across Europe.”

Karl Daly, CEO of the Connacht Hospitality Group, added: “Connacht Hospitality Group and The Connacht Hotel are delighted to confirm a three-year extension to our existing sponsorship relationship. We are delighted to be associated with Connacht Rugby both in their excellent work on the sports field and in the community and we wish all at Connacht Rugby every success for the coming season.”

We are pleased to announce a four-year extension of Connacht Rugby’s partnership with Murray Timber Group.

The province have been official partners with the family-run business for the past three years. As part of the new deal, the Murray Timber Group name will continue to be displayed on the Connacht Rugby home, away and European playing jerseys.

Established in Ballygar, Galway and now based in both Galway and Carlow, Murray Timber Group is one of the largest, most progressive and flexible providers of timber in the country. The Group’s products can be seen in Builders Merchants throughout Ireland and the UK under their own distinctive trademarked SNR (Sustainable Natural Resource) brand.

They have their own dedicated and professional forestry division to offer free forestry management advice and thinning and clear-fell services to forestry growers throughout the country.

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

“We are very happy to extend our deal with Murray Timber Group up to 2021. This partnership, which has been in place since the summer of 2014, has proven a great success.

“With the newly-expanded PRO14 Championship, a position on our playing jersey has become an even more valuable asset and we look forward to showcasing the Murray Timber Group name on our jerseys for the next four years.”

Commenting on the new deal, Patrick Murray, Director of Murray Timber Group, said:

“We are very proud to be extending our partnership with Connacht Rugby. It has been fantastic to be part of the journey over the past three years and to witness the growth of the club both on and off the field.

“Connacht Rugby is an ambitious club with very similar values to our family-run business and we look forward to supporting new Head Coach Kieran Keane and all of the team in the seasons ahead.”

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