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About Keohane Athletic Club

Keohane Athletic Club is where history, GAA and design collide to create a new meaning for sportswear. We lead with design and storytelling, launching with 6 stories told through original, meaningful prints. As our brand grows, so will our stories, prints and collections.

WHY? 

Keohane Athletic Club was created to remember forgotten sportspeople through print and to serve teams with meaningful, spiritual teamwear. Generations of Gaelic Games teams & players have been forgotten. We research history books to remember past teams, players, jerseys & journeys. Many GAA players of the early 1900s were significant cultural figures. We also challenge the templated, mass-produced manufacture of team wear today, treating each club as a special commission, to be researched, respected, designed and understood. 

 

Keohane Athletic Club partners with sports teams around Ireland and abroad, to design meaningful training and playing gear upon which team and community spirit can be built. 

VALUES: 

Keohane Athletic Club values are built upon leading with design, respecting GAA history, & creating meaningful prints for teams clubs,  . 

PROVENANCE:

All products from Keohane Athletic Club are designed in Ireland. We aim to work as responsibly as possible with people and purpose top of mind. 

TRANSATLANTIC, LA/32, ROADS & ROUNDABOUTS are made in modest quantities in a GOTS – certified factory in Portugal. 

Our production partners have been developing & using recycled polyester yarns, recycled plastic yarns, organic cotton yarns & recycled cardboard packaging & labelling for years. The factory is family-owned & employs local seamstresses, printers, technicians & technologists. 

PLACES is made in Pakistan. 

The Pakistan products don’t carry tickets or labels in an effort to reduce packaging waste. All care instructions for these products can be found on the website & your order confirmation email.

FOUNDERS : Keohane Athletic club was founded by Paul Galvin. Paul is a designer, author & storyteller with 10 years experience in the Irish menswear market. A former Gaelic footballer and hurler with Kerry GAA, he has a keen understanding of sportswear, how print design can lead teams & team spirit to special places & how to harness the power of storytelling in sport.

WEBSITE CURATOR:

Professor Richard McElligott is our resident historian and curator verifying all our research and development.

Richard is a historian, author and authority on modern Irish history. He has published numerous papers on the history of the Gaelic Athletic Association and the Civil War in Ireland and is author of the acclaimed book Forging A Kingdom. The GAA in Kerry 1884 – 1934. He is a lecturer in Modern History at Dundalk Institute of Technology and has lectured at universities globally on matters of GAA, Irish and military history. He is a member of the Irish Association of Professional Historians. Forging A Kingdom: The GAA in Kerry was nominated for Irish Times Sports Book of the Year. In 2017 Richard was presented with the McNamee Award in Irish journalism for Sport and Revolution: The GAA and the 1916 Rising, a supplement produced by the Kerry’s Eye newspaper . 

Find out more about Richard here.  http://iaph.ie/members/thehermit/  

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