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.
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US basketball champion boasts impeccable Galway roots
An Irish American basketball player with impeccable Galway roots helped end a 50-year NBA famine for the Milwaukee Bucks last week.
Boston-born Pat Connaughton, whose grandparents hail from Clostoken, Loughrea, played a pivotal part in his side clinching the NBA championship final series over the Phoenix Suns.
The 6ft 5in shoot guard was involved in all six games of the final series, including the last, which the Bucks won 105-98.
Afterwards, the 28-year-old said: “It’s incredible. The fans supported us through thick and thin. They’ve had our backs. To be able to do it and to win it and to be able to call ourselves World champions in front of our own fans . . . it’s incredible. The city of Milwaukee deserves it and I’m just proud that I could be a part of a team, with my teammates, that gave it to them.”
One of his cousins in Loughrea, Madeleine Connaughton, told the Connacht Tribune that his relations in Galway were incredibly proud of his achievement.
“It’s absolutely brilliant; he’s a celebrity in our eyes because he has done so well,” said Madeleine.
“It’s brilliant that Pat is flying the flag for us over there. He was the only person to play both professionally, baseball and basketball with Notre Dame. He was as good a baseball player as basketball and had to choose.”
Madeleine joked that there ‘is a clatter of us’ in Loughrea related to Pat Connaughton, including the Connaughtons, Tierneys, Keanes and Burkes.
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Galway duo make sporting history as out first Olympic medallists
The motto of the Ireland Women’s Coxless Four team, which includes Galway’s first ever Olympic medallists, Aifric Keogh and Fiona Murtagh, has been drilled into them by coach Giuseppe De Vita: ‘Winter miles makes Summer smiles.’
At twenty-three minutes past two on Wednesday morning Irish time, during the Tokyo Olympic medal presentation ceremony at a windswept Sea Forest Waterway, the rowing quartet’s smiles beamed from ear-to-ear.
It was a testament to the hard graft they’ve put into the sport over many years, especially the past 18 months, and the last eight weeks in particular in the build-up to the biggest six minutes of their careers to date.
Keogh (29) from Aill an Phréacháin in Na Forbacha, Fiona Murtagh (26) from Gortachalla in Moycullen, and Eimear Lambe and Emily Hegarty were well entitled to smile after a remarkable rowing performance that earned them bronze medals in the Women’s Fours Final.
As they presented each other with their medals, in keeping with Covid-19 restrictions, and waved their bouquets into the air, back home, their smiles lit up the television and computer screens in living rooms of their family, friends and new legion of fans throughout the land.
It was a history-making feat – Galway’s first Olympic medallists, Ireland’s first women rowers to win Olympic medals, and the nation’s first at Tokyo 2020.
Both women were ecstatic afterwards as they spoke with the Connacht Tribune via Zoom from the media centre in the Olympic Village.
Read the full interview with Galway’s Olympic heroes in today’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or you can download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie
Olympic dream comes true for Galway sprinting star
It was March, 2019 when the Olympic dream of Cillín Greene went up in smoke – or so everyone thought.
On day one of the European Indoor championships in Glasgow, the Claregalway sprinter was progressing nicely in a 400m heat.
He was in lane two, minding his own business, when, all of a sudden, he was ‘bounced’ by a Polish competitor on his inside.
Cillín steadied himself after the collision but was unable to react quick enough to hop over a Czech runner who tumbled in front of him. Both hit the deck. Bad enough that his race was run; worse again, afterwards it emerged he’d sustained a serious injury.
“He was knocked on the track and broke his elbow,” recalled his father, Colman.
“I think it put his whole make-up out of line for a long time. He started pulling hamstrings after that, and things like that. It took a long time to get it right. It’s like a fine-tuned sports car, everything has to be right. Last year, he had a lot of injuries and he wasn’t really going anywhere,” he said.
Glasgow was just over a year out from the Tokyo Olympic Games, and almost certainly wiped his chances of qualification.
But then Covid-19 delayed the Games, giving time to rehab; and the Galway City Harriers clubman worked relentlessly in Lockdown to get back on track.
The result? This Friday, along with another Galway man, Robert McDonnell (19) from Knocknacarra, 23-year-old Cillín Greene will become an Olympian when he competes in the mixed 4x400m relay heat at the Olympic Stadium at 12 noon Irish time.
See the full story – and comprehensive Olympic coverage – in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now. Or you can download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie