Treaty United back in blue as season opens

Treaty United manger with Mark Walsh in the club’s new blue home kit at the launch of the 2024 LOI season. Photo: Stephen McCarthy.

UNDER the new ownership of Canadian Investment Group Tricor Pacific, and newly clad in Limerick football’s historic blue, Treaty United will begin their bid for 2024 First Division League honours with a visit from great rivals Cobh Ramblers to the Markets Field on Friday (7.45pm).

Long-serving Mark Walsh will captain the team for the 2024 season.

Ahead of the campaign, club CEO Ciara McCormack, herself a former Republic of Ireland International, said that Treaty’s ambition is “to be a club that everyone in the Mid West can be excited to be a part of and get behind”.

Manager Tommy Barrett has added some new names to the roster in the off-season, including Evan O’Connor and OisínO’Reilly, both from last season’s winners Galway United.

Another welcome addition is former under-age International Thomas Considine.

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“He’s a real good signing for us because he’s an exciting winger, left or right, and he can play full-back as well. He’s a very intelligent footballer and I think the crowd will be really excited by him as he’s a lot like Willie Armshaw,” Barrett said.

Barrett too will be pleased to have retained the services of lead marksman Enda Curran, who bagged an impressive hat-trick in the recent Munster Senior Cup runaway home defeat of Midleton.

On the other hand, Treaty have lost the likes of talented pair Conor Barry and Seán Guerins.

After this weekend, The Blues face into a couple of away fixtures to UCD and Kerry before a home tie with Bray Wanderers in Garryowen on March 8.

Domnic Foley’s Treaty United begin their Women’s Premier Division campaign with a visit from DLR Waves in mid-March.

Following feedback from supporters, CEO Ciara McCormack announced the team’s new strip for 2024, moving away from the candytripe red and white and towards Limerick’s historic blue.

The new kit is designed by one-time Watford player Jay DeMerit. Both the front and back of the new jersey incorporates and image of St John’s Castle, and the inside collar is emblazoned with the Latin motto for Limerick: Urbs antiqua fuit studisque asperrima belli (an ancient city well studied in the arts of war).

“We made it a point coming in to listen to the local fans. The overwhelming message we had was that the fans wanted blue at home, and so we made that change. We’re really excited with the reception,” McCormack explained.