Some of the GAA's quirkier jersey moments
By Shane Stapleton
Kildare’s first jersey were said to have been made from white flour bags from Odlum Mills.They stuck with the white colours and, since 1910, Carlow have stuck with their green, red and yellow — having previously adopted the county champions’ look.
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Cork’s Blue Jersey
Counties colours became standardised in 1913 and around this time Cork chose saffron and blue with a large C at the front. The county is now synonymous with the blood red shirts and that all came about because of a raid on the county board rooms on Cook Street by British troops in 1919, with the shirts taken. So when they went to play the Munster championship that year against Waterford, they needed to get replacements and those came from St Finbarr's Total Abstinence Hall team, which had merged with St Finbarr's the previous year. They have retained the red colours since, albeit discarding the ‘TA’ at the front of them, though they did wear 1916 commemorative shirts during the 2016 league.
This picture of their 2012 jersey is a testament to the power of an amalgamation. Red, black and amber all catered for.
Westmeath Green Jersey
The Lake County wore green with a white hope until 2012 and it made a brief comeback in 2016. Also during 2016, Westmeath ended up lining out in black in a challenge game against Leitrim. They had loaned their maroon jerseys to the hurlers, couldn’t wear green because of a colour clash with their opposition, so had to wear the black training tops.
Another product of amalgamation.
In the early days, Glen Rovers colours had actually been green, white and amber but the Easter Rising and the execution of the leaders took place in the year of the club’s founding. It was decided that a black band be added to the jersey to honour the deceased patriots.
Another Cork entrant here with the famous skull and crossbones, which have been used in the college as far back as the 1880s. Originally, the medical students in the college donned the symbol for their rugby club and it wasn’t until decades later than other sports on campus adopted it. Their website states that “the skull and crossbones have been officially copyrighted since 1999 and the UCC jersey is a much sought after garment among students, players and alumni both home and abroad.”
It’s hard to top Damien Fitzhenry of the Model County for style. So good that Tipp’s Brian O’Meara can hardly look.