TWO mid Kerry GAA fans have spotted a gap in the market and they're certainly sinking their teeth into their colourful and ambitious new project.
The GAA's recent rule change makes mouthguards compulsory for underage players this season and for all players from next season. Following the announcement, Shane O'Connor (22) of Killorglin and 28-year-old Cromane man Paul Patrick O'Sullivan realised a perfect opportunity and they're now supplying mouthguards with colours to match every club in the county.
"The whole idea was to make the transition easier for kids as it's the first year of the rule," Shane explains.
"We have contacted every GAA club in Kerry and there's been a lot of interest, particularly as the colours make them attractive to the players. For instance the Laune Rangers one is half blue and half white, so they'll look great," he adds.
The duo say they considered the idea only in November and got the ball rolling in January.
"We sourced a supplier to see if it was feasible and the main thing was to make sure we could get the compulsory CE mark and be able to get them delivered on time in the correct quantities."
While Shane and Paul aren't the only ones tapping into the new market, Shane says his product has a major advantage on their competitors.
"First of all they're club-specific and they're also boil and bite which are better quality. We won't be beaten on price and are offering discounts for bulk purchases from clubs," he added.
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