New Connacht rugby book to raise funds for grassroots level

Youth and mini-rugby sections of clubs are to benefit from the sale of the new book, Connacht — The Team That Refused To Die, with 25% of the cover price being retained for grassroots level.

The book, which charts Connacht’s history in the professional era and also has a detailed diary of last season’s historic Pro12 title success, has been produced by John Fallon in conjunction with Inpho Sports Photography.

An opportunity has now arisen for clubs to raise funds for their youth and mini-rugby sections through the sale of the book.

“We have contacted all the clubs in Connacht and the response so far has been very good,” said Fallon.

“It’s two-fold. There is every possibility that our book will sell out before Christmas and we are anxious that the rugby community get the opportunity to buy it before that, especially as it is proving to be a big hit with over 250 fantastic photographs in it.

“But we would also be thrilled if the book was to help at grassroots level. I’m all too aware as a parent the endless fundraising that is required for all sports, so if we can help out in this way it would be great.”

The book, a 224-page hardback, is available to buy online and is also on sale in shops throughout the country, and is proving a big hit at the end of the most memorable year ever for Connacht.

“We have contacted the clubs, asked them to canvas their members about buying the book and then placing a single order for it, with a 25% discount being applied. We have suggested to clubs that this money then be used for their youth and mini-rugby sections.

“The book sells for €19.99 and clubs will then hold on to €5 for each book purchased. There is no minimum purchase involved, the discount will apply whether it is two or 200 books ordered by the club. It’s a win-win scenario for all involved,” added Fallon.