Ireland and Munster rugby hero Mick Galwey is urging rugby fans travelling to Dublin for the Six Nations showdown with England this weekend to use their sporting connections to help kick-start Ireland’s recovery.
He was speaking in a short video clip on www.connectireland.com, where he called on supporters to think about who they know and he urged them to make their connections work for Ireland. He says clubs have been badly affected as a result of forced emigration in recent years and initiatives such as the ConnectIreland programme can do something real to help alleviate this consequence.
“Clubs have been decimated – we are losing players because of the lack of jobs,” says Gallaimh.
“Now it is time to think outside the box and see opportunity when it arises. If anyone knows of a company from overseas that could set up in Ireland, we could be in a position to reward players by giving them jobs – it’s a win-win situation.
“It might only be a phone call or an email or a word over a pint – but don’t be afraid to do it as it could make the difference, creating jobs or keeping money in your club. We need to get the word out there that Ireland is the place to set up business.”
ConnectIreland is an incentivised jobs referral programme, which was launched by Taoiseach Enda Kenny under the management of IDA Ireland in March 2012. It is part of the Succeed in Ireland Initiative, which was established under the Government’s 2012 Action Plan for Jobs.
To watch the video clip of Mick Galway, visit www.connectireland.com.