I’m a bad person. Back in February, Mikey Traynor floated the notion of a Republic of Ireland kit in the Nike 2002 stylings.

The intention was to do that on St Patrick’s Day, doubling up with these:

Instead, time ran out and the Nike kits weren’t able to be done. It was welcome therefore, that a gentle reminder from Mikey recently:

In reality, Ireland’s Umbro kit at the 2002 World Cup featured navy as the third colour but only very sparingly – to translate that to this style would have made the shirt look too Northern Ireland-y.

Instead, the decision was taken to go with the more traditional orange, using the template worn by Brazil (there were a few options as Nike altered elements for different countries):

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And then reverse the green and white for the change kit:
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Incidentally, for those interested in real Ireland kits, Eddie O’Mahony is soon launching a book on the history of the shirts, using examples from his considerable matchworn collection. He has asked Museum of Jerseys to provide artwork and it is a pleasure to be able to accede to that request, so keep an eye out in the autumn.

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