Monday 5 December 2016

Will this commemorative 1916 design be worn by Ireland for forthcoming friendlies?

Published 21/02/2016 | 09:51

Ireland's new away jersey will be launched in May
Ireland's new away jersey will be launched in May

The FAI and kit manufacturers Umbro are in discussions with the government for permission to use a commemorative design to mark the 1916 Rising for the forthcoming international friendlies.

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Martin O’Neill’s side continue their preparation for Euro 2016 and will face Switzerland and Slovakia in next month’s double header at the Aviva Stadium.

Last night Umbro have issued a sneak preview of a special design to mark the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising and Independent.ie understands that discussions are taking place between the FAI, Umbro and the government to allow the crest be used for the friendly games.

The Ireland crest is a government logo and requires permission to be altered.

The parties are not seeking to have the design for Euro 2016 because UEFA would not allow the design change for obvious political reasons.

Should the design get the green light, sources have told Independent.ie that the jerseys will not go on public sale and will be reserved for the players only.

“Just to clarify, we never said that the attached image was for anything in particular... #assumptionsbeingmade,” Umbro tweeted after posting  picture of the design.

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