33 thoughts on “Was It For Kit?

    1. Dong

      Yep. Most of their gear is made just outside Bucharest. They make a small amount of stuff in strabane and somehow cling on to the made in Ireland thing.
      The jersey is muck but it’ll appeal to the mc Gregor crew and the ‘Eire 32’ / fighting Irish tattooed dudes.

      1. Anomanomanom

        I hate mcgergor, have no interest in fighting irish mentality and don’t want 32 counties, yet il be buying one.

    2. MoyestWithExcitement

      They might be, actually. Most sweatshops actually aren’t labour camps and pay higher than the national average wage. I know in Honduras the average sweatshop worker gets $13 a day where as just under half the country lives on $2 a day.

        1. MoyestWithExcitement

          O’Neills are providing work for people with limited options at a higher rate than the average industrial wage. Socialists might be ok with that. Of course, if they were comparing the sweatshop workers wage in Bangladesh with what people in northern Europe earn, they might have a problem.

      1. Anomanomanom

        Is that true, really? If it is then that’s a very good thing. But would the conditions be good or just good for a sweat shop.

        1. MoyestWithExcitement

          It is true. I used to be of a mind that they’re terrible but I also used to be quite lazy. I actually read up on them. It’s amazing the amount of crap that swims around in your head as fact but is actually complete BS. There are of course slave labour camps dressed up as sweatshops but they *are* illegal. Most sweatshops actually pay substantially more than the average national wage. They are a good thing. They help an economy develop because at the early stages, all people have to trade is their labour. They *need* sweatshops. It’s either that, or rummaging through dumps for scraps they can possibly sell.

          1. Dav

            workshop owners are a great bunch of lads..
            “As well as earning a pittance, Bangladeshi factory workers face appalling conditions. Many are forced to work 14-16 hours a day seven days a week, with some workers finishing at 3am only to start again the same morning at 7.30am. On top of this, workers face unsafe, cramped and hazardous conditions which often lead to work injuries and factory fires. Since 1990, more than 400 workers have died and several thousand more have been wounded in 50 major factory fires. Sexual harassment and discrimination is widespread and many women workers have reported that the right to maternity leave is not upheld by employers. Factory management also take steps to prevent the formation of trade unions, a right protected under the Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining ILO Conventions, which Bangladesh ratified in 1972.”

    3. Gaoithe

      In the early years of the 20th century there was a drive in all political persuasions in Ireland to revive the manufacturing trade – until then dying. Surprising things were made in Ireland as a result of the success of this. Even in unionist publications you’ll find publicity about De Dion cars (made in Dublin), Pierce’s and Lucania bicycles (Dublin and Wexford) fine embroidered linen (mainly but not only Belfast), etc, etc. There were constant exhibitions, with gold medals given to the best in a burst of publicity.

      The practice for people who wanted to buy Irish goods was to go into a shop, get the clerk to take out all the examples of whatever you wanted, then ask “Do you have it Irish-made?” and if not, shake your head regretfully and leave. Very successful, apparently.

      It’s funny how joining Europe changed the Irish view on this. In France, when a government contract is advertised, foreign companies don’t go to the bother and expense of tendering – they know they have no chance; the job will go to a French company, because the philosophy is that a government’s money should go into its country. Here, it’s the gombeen philosophy of the cheapest tender at all costs to the local economy.

      We used to have a good textile industry in inner-city Dublin until the two or three big draperies started sourcing their clothes in cheaper economies. Of course it’s good that money and jobs should go into those impoverished economies, but surely we’ve taken it way too far. It seems crackers for us to have long lines of unemployed and homeless while the jobs that could buy them food and homes and respect are outsourced far away.

      1. Kieran NYC

        Luckily the rest of the both countries aren’t as sectarian as you.

        Saint Gerry would be proud of you (but would deny membership of a group that was ever proud of you).

  1. Leon

    They used a reprint of the proclamation produced after 1930.

    The line ‘IRISH REPUBLIC’ is set in Gill Sans Extra Bold, which wasn’t available until the 1930’s.

    Really they should hold onto this until 2036. Just saying.

      1. ahyeah

        I suppose it’s the zoophilia you’re referring to, Bertie? Did the heroes of 1916 not die so a chap could spring wood at, say, a horse race and not be shy about it?

  2. honey m

    Not sure if i’m old enough to wear one of these gig t-shirts? Still trying to figure out the imagery of the cobble stone / brick work on the front. Not even sure what is going on there

  3. www.cotton

    Surely the real question here is why is the harp on the chest facing one way and the harp on the crest facing the other?

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