The new Kerry GAA Jersey was jointly launched today in the Kerry GAA Store by Tim Murphy, Chairman Kerry County Board, Mr Frank Hayes, Director of Corporate Affairs Kerry Group and former 4 time All Ireland medal winner Paul Galvin who designed the Jersey along with O’Neills.
Statement by Tim Murphy - Cathaoirleach – Kerry County Board.
“We are, I believe about to enter another very exciting era for Gaelic football in Kerry.
As part of our overall vision for the future we believe the Kerry Jersey to be an integral part of our proud football history and tradition which inherently reflects who we are as a people and what we stand for.
On that basis I invited one of our former greats – Paul Galvin to work with O’Neill’s in designing an authentic Jersey reflective of this tradition while also addressing the issue of number visibility”.
I am happy that this has been achieved.
On behalf of everyone associated with Kerry GAA I wish to sincerely thank Paul for his expertise and input”
Statement by Mr. Frank Hayes – Director of Corporate Affairs, Kerry Group
The success and history of County Kerry is inextricably linked to the County’s proud tradition and success in Gaelic games. Kerry GAA is central to the lifeblood of communities throughout Kerry and to Kerry people all over the world.
This inevitably led to Kerry Group’s proud partnership with the Kerry County Board in development and exclusive sponsorship of all Kerry Inter-County GAA Teams since 1991. The Board and Management of Kerry Group are committed to continuing this unique relationship.
We are pleased to partner in the launch of the new Kerry Jersey designed by Paul Galvin which will hopefully lead to the continued realisation of the County’s ambitions and proud record of success.
Statement by Paul Galvin – 4 time All Ireland Medal winner
“At the invitation of the Kerry County Board Chairman Tim Murphy, I have been working over the past few months on the new Kerry kit design for 2018/19.
Following Tim’s brief and working alongside O’Neills’ design and production teams while implementing my own vision for the jersey, it’s been a great collaborative experience.
The new design is inclusive, rich in storytelling and strong in identity.
Inspired by the iconic 1985 Kerry jersey, the deep green and gold base with white trims was essential to re-connecting with Kerry’s identity while also helping to implement part of the County Board’s vision for the future in addressing the issue of number visibility for supporters. The rich color base and re-positioning of the number upwards provides greater definition and visibility of the numbers on the back. The slightly longer sleeves offer points of difference and style.
We hope that past players will recognise the new jersey as a symbol of respect, that current players will wear it as a symbol of pride and identity and that future players will want to wear it.
It was an honour to work on it”