AS the cold snap looks set to continue, Clare GAA have taken the bold step of introducing a new jersey to keep players warm. Made from Liscannor sheep wool, the new jersey is designed to retain heat while also keeping a high level of aesthetics to which Clare fans and players have become accustomed.

The jersey is available in both long and short sleeved versions, but it is being recommended to players that they avail of the longer sleeves to avoid getting cold.

The reaction from the players themselves has been mixed. One footballer said, “‘It’s a little bit itchy, but once you get moving it’s very warm. The movement in the wool is second to none.” A prominent hurler said he was initially against the idea, but having worn it for a few days he said, “The wool is very comforting and very soft on my skin. It is a bit heavy when it gets wet, but you’ll put up with that for the warmth.”

The jerseys will be available in sports shops around the county tomorrow, while avid knitters will be able to download the pattern from the Clare GAA website and knit their own from midnight tonight.

For the full story see Tuesday’s Clare People newspaper or visit www.clarepeople.com.

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