Ireland West Airport has announced a new partnership with Connacht Rugby and Ireland Outhalf Jack Carty.

It’s part of a strategic initiative aimed at strengthening the airport’s links with the community. 

Jack Carty, a Roscommon native, currently plays for Connacht Rugby in the Pro14, having come through the team's academy. He is Connacht's record points scorer in the Pro14, after overtaking Ian Keatley in March this year.

He has represented Ireland at various under-age levels internationally. Most recently he won the 2019 Zurich Players' Player of the Year Award.

Jack was named in the senior Irish squad for the opening rounds of the 2019 Six Nations and made his debut in February of this year.

An accomplished sportsman, The Connacht man represented Roscommon at minor level as well as lining out for the Republic of Ireland soccer team at underage levels up until he was 15.

 Working with locally produced sports stars is part of a new strategic initiative by the airport aimed at strengthening the airport’s links with the community. 

As part of the new partnership Jack will work with the airport on the development of new campaigns.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Donal Healy, Head of Marketing, Ireland West Airport said ‘As an airport for the people of the region, it’s one of our core values to ‘support local’ and being a proud Connacht man, born and bred, Jack epitomises this. The airport is looking forward to working with Jack on a number of exciting new campaigns in the coming months supporting local initiatives and hopefully we will have the opportunity to cheer him on in the Rugby World Cup in Japan next September’.

Jack Carty said he is delighted to team up with Ireland West Airport. As a local person from Roscommon one of my favourite career memories to date was on that famous night in 2016 when we arrived back into our local airport after being crowned PRO12 champions to a reception of over 5,000 people.