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Healthy future looks assured for innovative Galway firm

Judy Murphy

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Daithi O'Connor, Managing Director, Revive Active, with products for shipping out from the warehouse. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Lifestyle – Judy Murphy talks to founder Daithi O’Connor about the phenomenal success of his Revive health products

It was like spinning plates for a while, and it’s still the same but there are fewer plates,” says Daithi O’Connor of Revive Active, the Galway company which has become synonymous with high-end health supplements since its original Revive product came on the market in 2011.

It might have been launched in the middle of a recession but Revive Active is growing up to be a remarkably healthy company. In the past five years, it has launched four more products, the most recent being the brain supplement Mastermind. It’s currently expanding into the United States and research into new supplements is ongoing, so to an outsider it looks like there are still lots of plates whizzing about.

Daithi, however, is a man who takes such juggling in his stride and has been since the company was founded.

The original Revive Active, which contains 26 active ingredients, from L- argenine to vitamins B, CD and K as well as selenium, magnesium, and Coenzyme Q10, proved to be a big hit with customers.  Those ingredients have proven health benefits and the formula is mixed in such a way that they work together to maximise their benefits, he explains.

But even as Revive won a loyal fanbase, Daithi, who was previously employed in the world of corporate finance, had his eye on the bigger picture.

“Revive was one product but I saw us with a suite of products,” he says.  That’s exactly what’s been happening.

From the beginning, Daithi was in partnership with Liam Salmon, who comes from a science background. Liam had a 20-year career in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, including with Boston Scientific.

A couple of years ago, Pat McDonagh of Supermac’s came on board as an investor. The notion of a fast-food king joining forces with a company devoted to health-food supplements might have seemed unusual, but it made sense, as he offered invaluable experience in business negotiations for Revive’s future growth, Daithi explained at the time.

Daniel Jones, meanwhile, joined the company as Director of Research and Development. Daniel who has a PhD in physiology from UCD, and has done post-doctoral research in food and health, works with researchers in universities and hospitals on an ongoing basis to formulate new products that meet customers’ needs.

Such intensive research allows Revive to raise the bar on new supplements, Daithi explains.

“We want people to know if we are looking at a new product, we are looking at every other product on the market in the US and in Europe.”

The company’s more recent supplements include Revive Active Joint Complex. Its ingredients include 5,000 grams of marine collagen, 2,000 grams of Methylsulfonylmethan (MSM), 1,000 grams of glucosamine sulphate and 100 grams of hyaluronic acid. These are mixed with elements including manganese, copper, boron and Vitamins D and C in a formula that’s designed to repair and regenerate collagen and cartilage, and to increase synovial fluid which keeps joints lubricated.

“When synovial fluid decreases or when cartilage goes, you get friction in the joints and that can be painful. This lubricates the joints and tackles that,” Daithi says of the supplement.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Army removes explosive device in Knocknacarra

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An army Bomb Disposal Team was called to Knocknacarra last night to deal with a ‘viable’ explosive device.

Following a request from Gardai, the unit was tasked with investigating a suspicious device in a laneway off Cappagh Road at around 10pm.

The area was cordoned off and following an examination, the device was deemed viable and made safe.

It was removed from the scene shortly after 10.30pm and was taken to a Defence Forces location where it will undergo further examination.

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Hospital worker failed to self isolate after trip to red-list country

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Management at University Hospital Galway have been asked to investigate ‘as a matter of urgency’ an allegation that a security employee at the hospital returned to work within the 14-day restriction period after coming back from a ‘red-list’ country.

The person has already worked at least two shifts at the hospital – including looking after an elderly patient – despite the fact that the restriction period would not have expired until this Sunday, September 20.

The Galway City Tribune can reveal that in a letter from SIPTU official to a senior UHG manager, it is alleged there was breach of protocol over recent days by an employee of an outsourced security company.

According to the letter to Services Manager Geoff Ginnety, while the worker was not covered under HSE employee rules, “they still must comply with the Government issued protocols”.

The letter from SIPTU states that the worker in question had told his colleagues that he was in a red-listed country and that ‘he did not have to restrict his movements’ for 14 days and could return to work.

“I request that you [Services Manager at UHG] address these concerns as a matter of urgency and provide clear guidance on how to deal with the issue,” the SIPTU letter states.

According to information accessed by the Galway City Tribune, the employee in question returned from a red-listed country on September 6 last and underwent a test for Covid-19 five days later on September 11.

Shortly after that, according to his employers, the results of his Covid tests came back as negative. The Galway City Tribune understands that he returned to his night-shift work on Tuesday night, September 15, and also worked the Wednesday night shift of September 16.

This newspaper has also been informed by reliable sources that on his first night back on duty the employee was left in charge of an elderly patient, while on his second night back at work, he was dutied to the Emergency Department.

When contacted by the Galway City Tribune, a spokesperson for the HSE said that they could not comment on issues relating to individual staff.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the full details, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Leisureland sinks with €20,000 per week losses

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The plug is being pulled on Leisureland – leaving hundreds of swimmers, mostly children, and trainee lifeguards, high and dry.

Galway Salthill Fáilte CLG, the company that operates the publicly-owned facility, has confirmed it plans to shut down its swimming pool and gym, leaving members of six aquatic clubs, hundreds of schoolchildren, and the general public, without an amenity for the foreseeable future.

Swimming clubs fear they will lose a whole generation of young swimmers in Galway if the pool closes. And they have warned that it could end up costing €1 million to repair and reopen the pool after a prolonged closure.

Leisureland blamed the impact of coronavirus for its financial woes, with losses running at an average of €20,000 per week.

The company said that by August it had already spent its annual €300,000 subsidy subvention from Galway City Council, and the local authority has indicated it is not in a position to increase the subsidy further in 2020.

The planned closure – which could result in the furloughing of over 20 staff from next month – has shocked the local aquatic community.

A lengthy hiatus with Leisureland closed will mean Galway will lose a ‘whole generation’ of swimmers, according to Eamon Caulfield, President of Galway Swimming Club and member and former chairperson of Corrib Water Polo Club.

“We’re particularly upset and aggrieved that this is going ahead, it’s shocking. They should be looking to reverse this decision,” he said this week.

The majority of the five aquatic clubs that use the facility (Galway SC, Shark SC, Laser SC and Tribes and Corrib water polo clubs) are made up of children aged 10-18, including some international athletes. Hundreds of children from Galway schools also learn to swim there.

A water safety group has been using the pool every Sunday morning since it opened in 1973, he said.

“Historically it is where Galway gets its lifeguards from. How can you not have swim lessons in a public pool? How can you not have water safety taught in a pool in Galway?

“It beggars belief, we’re on the sea. The water safety people, where are they going to go, how are we going to get lifeguards for beaches? How are we going to get teachers for teaching swimming?” asked Mr Caulfield.

The clubs have roughly 150 members each and generate €150,000 revenue annually for Leisureland.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the full version, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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