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Healthy future looks assured for innovative Galway firm

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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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Joyce’s Tribune inspiration for Finnegan’s Wake!

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James Joyce's statue in Dublin.

James Joyce copied copiously from the Connacht Tribune when it came to creating his complex novel Finnegans Wake where he intertwined events of the real world and that of his dreams.

He had relatives of his wife Nora send him over copies of the Tribune in 1924, from which he would pour over local news, sports reports, letters to the editor and even advertisements.

An art teacher in Dublin, who has spent 14 years creating illustrations inspired by Finnegans Walk, hopes to create pieces of art specifically highlighting those Galway sections of the novel.

Carole Wade is hoping people here who have anecdotes and connections with Ireland’s most famous author will relay those to her which can then be incorporated into the artwork. It will eventually be donated to the Moore Institute in the University of Galway.

Her sister Dr Frances McCormack in the university’s School of English and Creative Arts has reached out to her fellow academics to collaborate. But her sibling is urging ordinary people to take part.

“I think it’s the most amazing book ever written. Ulysses is about a specific place and time but Finnegan’s Wake is about the history of the world. If you want to know about the Crimean War, every war and every battle in Europe – they’re all mentioned, even the Maamtrasna murders are there,” she enthuses.

Get the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now, or you can download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie. You can also download our Connacht Tribune App from Apple’s App Store or get the Android Version from Google Play.

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Little Blue Hero meets Boys in Green

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Connacht’s Tom Farrell, David Hawkshaw, Niall Murray, Tom Daly, Gavin Thornbury and Jarrad Butler chase after Charlie Quinn during his visit to the Sportsground. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Connacht’s trio of Irish rugby internationals found themselves facing (not quite) the long arm of the law this week when Galway’s newest Garda recruit turned up to join in their training session at the Sportsground.

Charlie Quinn – Garda Number 322 – was in full uniform for the occasion, but that didn’t stop him joining in a Connacht session with captain Jack Carty and, fresh from Ireland’s triumphant Autumn Series, Mack Hansen and Bundee Aki.

The seven-year-old from Creggs is Galway’s latest Little Blue Hero, following his life-changing bone marrow transplant – thanks to a donation from dad Niall, who underwent a pioneering procedure to ensure his platelets were compatible with his young son’s.

Charlie was given a tour of the new Garda Regional Headquarters in Murrough before being ‘blue lighted’ by members of the force to Connacht Rugby to meet his heroes.

And a day later, he still hadn’t come down from the high.

“He’s gone off to school this morning, fully clad from head to toe in his Garda uniform; he’s delighted with himself,” said his mum Cathy.

Niall and Cathy revealed the rollercoaster they’ve been on since Charlie was first diagnosed with Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome is a rare genetic immunodeficiency that keeps a child’s immune system from functioning properly.

But thanks to the incredible work carried out at the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle, he’s now finally back to full health – and flying.

Get the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now, or you can download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie. You can also download our Connacht Tribune App from Apple’s App Store or get the Android Version from Google Play.

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Nurses’ strike threat over ED safety

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The new temporary ED at UHG.

Nurses threatened strike action at University Hospital Galway (UHG) over safety fears around staffing of the new temporary Emergency Department, the Connacht Tribune has learned.

INMO (Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation) warned management at UHG that they would ballot for industrial action, up to and including withdrawal of labour, if their safety concerns were not met.

Correspondence released to this newspaper following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, reveals how relations between management and nurses soured in September as the HSE planned to push ahead with the opening of the new temporary ED, without agreement.

Emails released under FOI also reveal that a breakdown in trust between management and nurses threatened to delay further the opening of the new temporary ED.

Last July, a HSE West Regional Health Forum meeting was told by CEO of Saolta University Healthcare Group, Tony Canavan that the temporary ED would be open in September.

The new temporary ED, he said, would have capacity for 43 beds, nine more than the previous ED which was declared ‘not fit for purpose’.

But nurses resisted the move to the new temporary ED until their demands that it would be sufficiently staffed were met. INMO wanted more staff and an appropriate mix of experienced staff in the new temporary ED.

Get the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now, or you can download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie. You can also download our Connacht Tribune App from Apple’s App Store or get the Android Version from Google Play.

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