Back to Blue designer and international footballer to visit Treaty

Photo: Tom Beary.

JAY DeMerit will be a special guest at Friday’s night’s League of Ireland First Division clash between table-toppers Treaty United and Bray Wanderers at the Markets Field (kick-off 7.35pm).

The former USA International is the designer of the club’s striking new Back to Blue home kit, and whose own career (rising from the ninth tier through to Premier League) was the subject of the wonderful 2011 film Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story.

In a statement, Treaty United said: “Prior to finally fulfilling his dream as a professional footballer, Jay was a designer and when Treaty United decided to go back to blue with the home kit, our CEO Ciara McCormack contacted Jay to get him to design the new kit.”

“Jay’s design not only brought back the iconic blue colours but linked the club strongly with its community roots in Limerick and represented the club’s values of community, integrity, and excellence,” Ms McCormack said.

“As we move into a new era with Treaty United and establishing our core values as a club, Jay’s story of resilience, character, and work ethic really resonated with the kind of person we wanted our players to look up to.

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“As a bonus, he also is an incredible designer, so when we needed to come up with a design for our 2024 jersey, Jay was my first port of call. We’re delighted with the jersey he helped bring together and excited to welcome him to Limerick to share his story with our fans, sponsors, players, coaches and volunteers.”