Cork's boys in blue to roll back the years with special jersey

These are the colours Cork will wear when they face Kilkenny at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday night.

As part of the Easter Rising centenary, Cork will wear this special jersey designed in the style and colours worn by Cork teams of 1916.

Cork teams wore this jersey until 1919, when the British army confiscated the jerseys during a raid on the county board offices.

Instead, the colours and kit of the defunct Fr O’Leary Total Abstinence Hall Hurling Club were used, and subsequently adopted.

On Saturday, Fócas Films will be filming at the game as part of a documentary commissioned by TG4 and presented by Donal O’Grady.

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Sam Kingston of Fócas Films said: “The blue jersey presents a fantastic opportunity to explore the story of the Cork jersey and the wider story of Cork’s role in the struggle for independence. As part of this, Fócas Films will be filming at the Kilkenny game for their documentary ‘An Fhuil agus Bindealán’ [The Blood and Bandage]. The documentary, commissioned by TG4, uncovers the story of how Cork adopted the red jersey in 1919 and how the red jersey has become a symbol of Cork’s status as the Rebel county. ”

The confiscated original set of blue and saffron jerseys was never returned to the county board and no original jersey remains. The jersey to be worn next Saturday is based on photographs and, in particular, research in the books, Cork’s Hurling Story, by Tim Horgan, and Making Connections — A Cork GAA Miscellany, by Jim Cronin.

It has been designed in conjunction with O’Neills and will be on sale in sports shops by the end of next week.

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