7TH JULY 2012–AS A SMALL GESTURE OF SUPPORT TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF JAMES NOLAN WHO TRAGICALLY LOST HIS LIFE IN POLAND DURING EURO 2012 WHILE SUPPORTING THE IRISH TEAM, I HAVE DECIDED TO DEDICATE THE VIRTUAL MUSEUM GALLERIES TO HIM AND RENAMED THEM THE “JAMES NOLAN MEMORIAL COLLECTION”.
Failte go dti WWW.IRELANDSOCCERSHIRTS.COM.My name is Eddie and this is a photographic collection of Republic of Ireland International Match Worn football shirts, football boots and International Caps. This website was inspired by my passion for the Irish team as well as my facination with our national team shirts.
Following the Irish team is something that has been part of of my life since i was bought my first Irish kit in 1983 by my very patient mother. Since then I have been lucky enough to have been around to witness Euro 88,Italia 90,Usa 94 ,Japan and Korea 2002 and Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.There have been some bad times along the way but they only make the good ones all the sweeter!
I dont agree with Bill Shankleys famous saying “that football isint a matter of life and death,its more important than that”,but being an Irish fan, to me is to be part of something that you are born into.
When you follow your country it means more than anything else.To wear the green of Ireland and to play for your country is surely the highlight of any players career.By extension,the shirts they wear in games are as close to that honour as I will ever get.In some countries the actual shirt is looked at as a sacred item. Thats how I see it.The shirt is what its all about,its what we unite behind.Its what shows the world who we are and where we come from.
Irish fans do their part to honour the shirt by how we support our team,how we behave and thats why we are welcomed wherever we go.Irish football fans behaviour in Poland during the summer of 2012 was praised all over the world.Our players do their part by always playing with heart and spirit.We may not always win but its more than just results.Its about that bond between players and fans,our heritage,the great players of the past and present.Heroes all.I hope this website can go some small way to share my passion with you.
The main aim of this website is to set up a virtual museum for former and current Irish internationals,their families,Irish fans,collectors of Irish International memorobilia,basically anyone who has a love for the Republic of Ireland International teams to showcase and share their items with the fans.As there is no formal football museam in Ireland i hope this site can act in some small way preserving-if only in picture format our national team shirts.
THIS IS A TOTALLY NON PROFIT WEBSITE and if anything it has cost me money to get where I am currently.I am always interested in expanding my own private collection and this website will be updated regularly so keep checking back for new additions.
If you have any player worn/issued Ireland shirts you would like to sell to me (either for display on this site or to be kept private), or if you live in Ireland and you would like your shirt to be photographed and displayed on this site then please contact me with your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ultimate thank you to my family for allowing me to follow my dreams.A huge thank you to all at www.umbro.ie for supporting Irish Football and this project in particular.Thanks also to Sunderland and Ireland hero Niall Quinn for donating his shirts to the site.A special word of thanks to Millwall and Ireland legend Richard Sadlier for donating his collection of Ireland shirts/caps to the site.
A final word of thanks to all at the Football Association of Ireland for their continued support and patience with me on this project.If you have any comments, good or bad then please drop me an email to the above address and I’ll reply to all messages.