Connacht Rugby Partners with Hospice

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 players and staff from Connacht Rugby promoting and increasing 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.

“A few seasons ago a group of my team mates and I visited the hospice and spent time with residents there,” said Connacht and Ireland player Ultan Dillane.

“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.”

“Galway Hospice are delivering a vital service to the community through the provision of palliative care and other services,” said CEO of Connacht Rugby, Willie Ruane.

“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.”

“Connacht Rugby players have been an important part of Galway Hospice for a number of years,” said Mary Nash, CEO of the Galway Hospice.

“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.”

Pictured above at the launch of the partnership are strength & conditioning coach Barry O’Brien, head coach Andy Friend, academy manger Eric Elwood and Peter Robb with Kathleen Geraghty


Image Credit: James Crombie,

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