Galway United have launched their striking new Home jersey, featuring a design inspired by Galway’s history as the City of the Tribes.
The new jersey, produced by O’Neill’s Sportswear, is decked out with Celtic iconography paying homage to iconic aspects of Galway’s history.
The design is centred around a Claddagh Ring, a tribute to the club’s origins in the Claddagh as Galway Rovers FC. Over 400 years old the world renowned Claddagh Ring symbolises Friendship, Loyalty and Love.
Flanking the Claddagh Ring is a fleet of stylised Galway Hookers. A subtle nod to our cities most recognisable of symbols.
This is not the first occasion Galway hookers have featured on a Galway United Kit, last appearing in the club’s bespoke 2017 kits as well.
“Diving into the 2022 season… our vision for the new kit was clear, let’s create a kit that represents Galway” cites Morgan O’Brien, lead designer.
“We are witnessing an evolution on and off the field. The club’s reach has grown significantly over the past number of seasons, despite the effects of the pandemic.”
“We’ve attracted some very exciting players domestically as well as internationally and the Maroon Army’s numbers are stronger than ever. Friday nights in Eamonn Deacy Park are something special.”
A pair of Harps adorn the shoulders and across the stomach features a motif of the ‘Green Man’ holding a traditional shamrock.
The Green Man is a legendary Celtic entity, interpreted as a symbol of rebirth and new growth.
The stylised image of Princess Galvia, mythical princess and daughter of the mythical King Breasal, from which the city allegedly derives its name, is featured on the back of the kit.
In a statement of support for LGBTQ+ rights, the jersey will feature rainbow trimmed player numbers across their backs.
The crest of the Galway United Friends COOP will also adorn the back, below the neck, a thank you to volunteers and supporters who helped the club throughout the years.
“Galway is a ‘City of Tribes’” Morgan O’Brien adds, “and it takes a tribe to build a league of Ireland team the entire county can be proud of.”
“Every detail on this year’s kit, every stitch, pays tribute to our players, our fans and our academy. This is our city….our heritage.”
The jersey is available to pre-order online now through the club’s online shop and will be launching to the general public at the beginning of March.