Putting their cards on the table.
The college GAA season will be kicking off soon with the various respective league competitions beginning over the next few weeks.
Freshers teams have been meeting up for the first time, Senior teams have been reconvening after a summer away with their clubs and counties.
These are exciting times for the colleges and students around the country as they play in a grade that is unique to them, that is different and that can be so brilliant.
The colleges of Ireland have treated us to some brilliant jerseys down through the years, with the famous UCC skull and cross-bones a historic standard bearer, that has perhaps been surpassed by the daring Carlow IT number.
— IT Carlow GAA (@ITCarlowGAA) September 1, 2017
GMIT’s light blue and maroon geansaí is eye-catching, as is the Waterford I.T top.
DCU have always been well up there in the jersey ranks, with their yellow and navy effort a consistent gem. Those in the North Dublin university have added some blue to this year’s kit, in line with their merging with teacher training college St Patrick’s college Drumcondra.
DCU Dóchas Éireann is the name of the merged outfit, Dóchas Éireann deriving from St. Pat’s historic nickname as “The hopes of Ireland.”
The Drumcondra college will still have their own team in both hurling and football, but students from the college will have an option to play with the Glasnevin campus.
Without further ado, DCU released images of their togs and socks for the year earlier on in the week on their Twitter account, and it’s fair to say they’re absolutely mint.
New order of socks (€9) and shorts (€16) are in and can be purchased from A-143 now pic.twitter.com/IaBYivTY1Z
— DCU Dóchas Éireann (@DCUGAAAcademy) September 25, 2017
After seeing the addition of the blue stripe to the togs and socks, we were looking forward to seeing the new jersey, and it didn’t disappoint.
Here’s last year’s jersey.
This year’s is even better.
The home one is impressive, with the three blue stripes unique and cool.
The away even more so.
The colleges of Ireland will have their work cut out to match that gem.