Nenagh Éire Óg are delighted to launch our new camogie jerseys
Éire Óg camogie jerseys manufactured in Nenagh by Gaelic Armour and sponsored by front line worker Sandra Farrell
Nurses have donned the Nenagh Éire Óg camogie jersey in the past and no doubt into the future the jersey will be worn by frontline healthcare staff. The World Health Organisation has designated 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife in honour of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. How appropriate it is then that the club received a call from well known local nurse Sandra Farrell, current Director of Ormond Healthcare, who wanted to donate a set of jerseys to the senior team of Nenagh Éire Óg Camogie Club for the upcoming season.
To tie in with Ms. Farrell’s generous offer, Nenagh Éire Óg camogie club in return wanted to express their thanks to all of the healthcare staff and nurses who have been hugely dedicated and have made many sacrifices since the outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic. To do this the club have added the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife logo to their jersey this year.
Speaking at the launch of the new Jersey Ms. Farrell of Ormond Healthcare commented on the work of the frontline workers during the current pandemic and said “Our healthcare workers have placed themselves at risk to keep us safe and we’re so grateful to all of them for rising to the challenge in these unprecedented times. I am delighted to support Nenagh Éire Óg Camogie Club this year and I think it is a wonderful initiative that they have placed the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife logo on their jerseys as a way of showing their appreciation to the frontline staff.”
The jerseys will be the first set of officially licensed camogie jerseys designed and manufactured in Nenagh at Gaelic Armour’s new Irish production facility. Gaelic Armour, founded in 2016 by local businessman Billy Hayes, became Tipperary’s first officially licensed supplier to the GAA and only the fourth brand to receive the highly contested intercounty license in the history of the GAA. Gaelic Armour secured the inter-county schools and club license in early 2020 and recently opened a new state of the art facility in Stereame Business Park where they design and manufacture innovative on-field playing kit to athletes, sports teams and individuals.
Speaking at the launch of the new jersey Billy Hayes commented that “having recently relocated our entire operation to new premises in Stereame Business Park it is very satisfying to be designing and manufacturing for a local team based only a stone’s throw from the plant. It’s our aim to offer a real alternative in terms of design and technical innovation to GAA and camogie clubs. Our goal is to grow our business and supply jerseys all over the country in the coming months and years ahead”.
Cathaoirleach of Nenagh Municipal District, Councillor Seamus Morris, who is a former PRO of Nenagh Éire Óg Camogie Club in Nenagh and has been known to source sponsorship from the four corners of Ireland over the years for the camogie club, approached the current committee about placing the new Nenagh 800 Logo on the jerseys for the coming season.
This year Nenagh is celebrating 800 years marking the development of the town over the ages. Due to COVID-19 many of the celebrations have been postponed but not before the town got the opportunity to launch a new website, brand and song. The Nenagh 800 logo will be added to the jersey and the club is delighted to support this initiative and create awareness of this historic year.
Speaking at the launch of the new jerseys Cllr Morris said “It’s a historic day in more ways than one. With Nenagh 800 taking place this year I am delighted that the club has agreed to place the Nenagh 800 logo on the jersey. Sandra Farrell, former Mayor of Nenagh Town Council, and a camogie player with Nenagh at underage level has come onboard to donate a set of jerseys through her healthcare company Ormond Healthcare, a business that is providing a valuable service and supporting the local economy. We are in a fairly unique situation as the jerseys are being manufactured and supplied locally in Nenagh by Gaelic Armour who will be supporting the local economy employing a mix of staff from graphic designers to production operators at their facility in Nenagh for years to come.”
Commenting on the initiative Nenagh Municipal District Administrator Rosemary Joyce wished Nenagh Éire Óg every success in the coming season and was appreciative of the fact that the club added the Nenagh 800 logo to the jersey adding that “Nenagh 800 is a very special year for the town and we hope to proceed over the coming months and into 2021 with any events that had to be curtailed or canceled as a result of the ongoing pandemic. It’s very fitting to be at Nenagh Castle today to launch the jerseys as the castle is central and iconic to the Nenagh 800 celebrations and synonymous with Nenagh”.
Handing over the jerseys to the joint captains of the senior camogie team, Alanna Morris and Maeve Coffey, club chairman Kieran Malone thanked Ms. Farrell for sponsorship and added that “the new jersey is a great example of collaboration within Nenagh where we a have local businesswoman in Ormond Healthcare supporting the female athletes, Gaelic Armour making them locally, the opportunity to thank the frontline workers by adding the logo and finally we get to raise awareness of historic year of Nenagh 800. The club has received support from the Municipal District over the years in the form of many sports grants so it’s nice for us as a club to be able to give something back also”.
Jerseys will be available in A Sportsman’s Dream on Kenyon Street in Nenagh and available to order online in any size on www.gaelicarmour.com