Connacht Rugby was delighted to host Minister Thomas Byrne, Minister for Sport to  Dexcom Stadium.

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Minister Byrne formally confirmed the Grant Agreement whereby Connacht Rugby shall receive €20m of funding via the Large Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund (LSSIF) for the redevelopment of Dexcom Stadium, phase 2 of which will now commence.

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Minister Byrne met with members of the Connacht U18 girls team that won the Interprovincial Championship last Sunday.

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Irish International, Mack Hansen presented Minister Byrne with a signed Connacht jersey on behalf of all at Connacht Rugby.

Welcoming Minister Byrne to Galway, Minister Rabbitte said:

Investment in sports is crucial for several reasons that extend beyond the realm of athletics.

Adequate financial support ensures the development and maintenance of sports infrastructure, creating opportunities for individuals to engage in physical activities.

Beyond promoting a healthy lifestyle, sports contribute significantly to social cohesion and community development.

Funding facilitates the organisation of sports events, both at the grassroots and professional levels, fostering a sense of pride and identity among communities.

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Moreover, investment in sports helps identify and nurture talent, contributing to a nation’s competitiveness on the global stage.

Additionally, well-supported sports programs often lead to increased tourism, economic growth, and job creation.

By governing funding to sports effectively, governments and organisations can harness the transformative power of sports to address social issues, promote inclusivity, and build a more resilient and vibrant society.

 

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