Gaelic games county colours

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Fans of Cork (red and white) and Meath (green and yellow) on Hill 16 in Croke Park watching the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship 2007 semifinal.

The county colours of an Irish county are the colours of the kit worn by that county's representative team in the inter-county competitions of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), the most important of which are the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship and the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. Fans attending matches often wear replica jerseys, and wave flags and banners in the county colours. In the build-up to a major match, flags and bunting are flown or hung from cars, buildings, telegraph poles, and other fixtures across the county, especially in those regions where GAA support is strong.

Where a county's jersey is multi-coloured, these are the county colours. Where the jersey is a single colour, the colour of the shorts is also included. Shorts were formerly always white, but some counties adopted coloured shorts from the 1960s, such as Dublin's now familiar navy blue.

In the early years of the All-Ireland championships, each county was formally represented by the club which won its county championship; players from other clubs within the county were soon added to reinforce the squad, and gradually from 1900 county committees took over the selection of the team. At that date most inter-county teams still wore the kit of the champion club, but by 1910 some counties had adopted a standard strip.[1] The 1913 GAA Congress passed a motion proposed by P. D. Mehigan and seconded by Harry Boland, "That a distinctive county colour be compulsory for inter-county, inter-provincial and All-Ireland contests, such colours to be approved of by the Provincial Councils concerned and registered with Central Council."[2]

Flags[edit]

Flags with counties' colours and coats of arms flying in the Upper Yard at Dublin Castle

While each county council has a coat of arms, there are no official county flags. Flags with the GAA county colours serve as de facto county flags. However, there are no standardised formats for these, except Kildare whose flag, like their kit, is all-white. Typically, flags are formed as vertical bicolours or tricolours. Usually, the major colour is nearer the hoist. Moreover, horizontal stripes are used by some individuals. (This is common in County Offaly, where vertical county colours might be mistaken for the flag of Ireland; however other Offaly fans deliberately exploit this double significance.)

Flags with checkerboard, repeating stripes, and other patterns are also found. In recent years, flags have been commercially produced which feature the county's GAA logo on the flag. These logos are sometimes based on the official county coat-of-arms, but some have been replaced with unrelated designs. Fans may also wave other flags of the appropriate colours. For example, among the red-and-white flags used by individual Cork GAA supporters have been the flag of Canada and the ensign of the Imperial Japanese Navy. As Cork is nicknamed the "Rebel County", its fans have also flown the Rebel Flag of the American Civil War. With the Blue and Gold flags used by individual Tipperary GAA supporters, there has been the Flag of Sweden and the Flag of Ukraine. Mayo fans have used the flags of Italy, Portugal and Bangladesh. Kerry supporters have been seen to wave Brazilian flags due to the similar colours and fact that Brazil have always dominated soccer while Kerry are considered the "Brazil of Gaelic Football" due to their enormous success at the sport.

Connacht[edit]

Flag County Description
Colours of Galway.svg Galway Maroon and White
Colours of Leitrim.svg Leitrim Green and Gold
Colours of Mayo.svg Mayo Green and Red
Colours of Roscommon.svg Roscommon Primrose and Blue
Colours of Sligo.svg Sligo Black and White

Leinster[edit]

Flag County Description
Colours of Carlow.svg Carlow Green, Red and Yellow
Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin Navy Blue and Sky Blue
Colours of Fingal.svg Fingal Purple and White
Colours of Kildare.svg Kildare All White
Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny Black and Amber
Colours of Laois.svg Laois Blue and White
Colours of Roscommon.svg Longford Blue and Gold
Colours of Cork.svg Louth Red and White
Colours of Leitrim.svg Meath Green and Gold
Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly Green, White and Gold
Colours of Galway.svg Westmeath Maroon and White
Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford Purple and Gold
Colours of Roscommon.svg Wicklow Blue and Gold

Munster[edit]

Flag County Description
Colours of Munster Council.svg Munster Council Blue and Navy
Colours of Clare.svg Clare Saffron and Blue
Colours of Cork.svg Cork Red and White
Colours of Leitrim.svg Kerry Green and Gold
Colours of Leinster Council.svg Limerick Green and White
Colours of Roscommon.svg Tipperary Blue and Gold
Colours of Monaghan.svg Waterford White and Blue

Ulster[edit]

Flag County Description
Colours of Antrim.svg Antrim Saffron and White
Colours of Armagh.svg Armagh Orange and White
Colours of Laois.svg Cavan Blue and White
Colours of Cork.svg Derry Red and White
Colours of Leitrim.svg Donegal Green and Gold
Colours of Down.svg Down Red and Black
Colours of Leinster Council.svg Fermanagh Green and White
Colours of Monaghan.svg Monaghan White and Blue
Colours of Tyrone.svg Tyrone White and Red

Britain[edit]

The British Provincial Board is responsible for seven areas of Britain that are treated as "counties" by the GAA. Their representative teams naturally have standard kit colours like the Irish counties.

Flag County Description
Colours of Leitrim.svg Gloucestershire Gold and Green
Colours of Leitrim.svg Hertfordshire Green and Yellow
Colours of Roscommon.svg Lancashire Blue and Yellow
Colours of Leinster Council.svg London Green and White
Scotland
Colours of Sligo.svg Warwickshire Black and White
Colours of Laois.svg Yorkshire Blue and White

Other[edit]

The New York County Board is responsible for Gaelic games in the New York metropolitan area, recognised as a "county" by the GAA.

Flag County Description
Colors of New York.svg New York Red, White and Blue

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • "County colours". GAA. Archived from the original on 5 July 2014.

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Cronin, Mike; Duncan, Mark; Rouse, Paul (2011). The GAA : county by county. Cork: Collins Press. p. 6. ISBN 9781848891289.
  2. ^ Maher, Jim (1998). Harry Boland. Mercier Press. p. 18. ISBN 9781856352369.; "Agenda for 1913 Congress". Centenary. GAA. p. 2, Motion 15. Retrieved 9 August 2018.