The New Mayo Jersey has been Unveiled
The Official 2023 Mayo Jersey has been unveiled and it’s a feast for the eyes. It represents the pride and passion of supporters, the commitment of players and drive for success. The traditional green and red colour palette is instantly recognisable to Irish people around the globe and the new Mayo jersey sees the return of the bottle green colour that served the Mayo football team well between the years of 2012 and 2018. With some modern updates including a silicone badge and three stripe shoulder detail, this jersey is sure to be a popular one.
The new kit will be worn by Mayo GAA, Mayo LGFA, and Mayo Camogie teams from underage to senior level.
The Green and Red of Mayo
Mayo’s green and red colours are said to have been inspired by the words of a Thomas Davis poem:
Full often when our fathers saw the Red above the Green,
They rose in rude but fierce array, with sabre, pike and skian,
And over many a noble town, and many a field of dead,
They proudly set the Irish Green above the English Red.
The familiar colourway provides an identity for the Mayo teams. Supporters worldwide will spot a Mayo jersey miles off and often bond over their pride for their county.
Mayo’s popular colourway inspired the Saw Doctor song “The Green and Red of Mayo”. Written while the band were coming back from a gig on a boat, looking across at Croagh Patrick and the hills beside it. Released in 1992, the song has since become Mayo GAA’s unofficial anthem, often heard ringing out in Croke Park.
The Mayo Crest
The Mayo County crest has great meaning and history behind it. The four crosses each stand for a diocese in Mayo. The Patriarchal Cross (double cross) symbolises the Archdiocese of Tuam, while the other three represent Achonry, Killala and Kilmacduagh/Kilfenora (Galway).
In the centre of the crest, the church on a hill represents the Reek and chapel of Croagh Patrick, the famous place of pilgrimage. Below this, the sailing ship signifies the county's maritime history, while the red sea below the green hills represents the traditional "green above the red" motif of Mayo.
The county’s name comes from the Irish words “Maigh Eo” which means "plain of the yew trees". Surrounding the county crest is nine trees, representing each of the nine of baronies in the county.
Finally, the Irish words “Críost Linn” is written in a ribbon across the bottom and translates to "Christ be with us".
The Mayo Curse
Legend has it that the members of the 1951 All Ireland winning Mayo team failed to respect a passing funeral on their way home with the Sam Maguire trophy going through the town of Foxford. The priest is said to have placed a curse on all Mayo teams for their disrespect, until the passing of each of the men of ’51. Despite this myth, little evidence exists that it is actually true, and the near misses the county has endured can be put down to footballing matters more than superstition.
A new jersey and a new manager bring excitement for what the 2023 season will hold for Mayo. Show your support and pride for the county with the latest jersey.