New Kerry GAA crest gets a mixed reception

The Kerryman's James Enright took to the streets of Tralee this week and and found that people have very mixed opinions on the new Kerry GAA crest.

JAMES ENRIGHT

THE new Kerry GAA crest that was unveiled in Tralee last Thursday has received a mixed reaction in the county. Many prefer the previous design with its strong gaelic symbolism but the new crest, with its strong leaning towards nature, is expected to have won over the critics come the next All-ireland.

The Kerry County GAA Board commissioned the new crest as they did not own the copyright on the previous one. This meant that anyone could use the old crest on merchandising or otherwise without permission from, or reward, for the County Board. The launch of the new crest changes this: The design is registered and the County Board controls its use.

The Design Gang, a Tralee based design studio, created the new crest, which features symbols representing various aspects of Kerry life.

The county name Ciarraí is designed in a bold decorative Celtic font featuring a crowned C that pays homage to the county's moniker, The Kingdom. The background pattern of concentric circles is inspired by the gilding on the Ballinclemisig 'gold box' and by Bronze Age stone carvings found throughout Kerry. The county's famed landscape is represented by Skellig Michael, a woodland fern represents Kerry's flora and is intended as an evocation of our majestic mountains, valleys and hills. Kerry's fauna is symbolised by a red deer — Ireland's largest wild animal, whose only remaining native herd is found on the slopes of Torc and Mangerton near Killarney. The boat on the crest is St Brendan on his epic voyage and on his sail is a celtic cross - the symbol of the GAA. The county's birdlife is represented on the crest by a storm petrel, a common species along our coastline.

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