The Cork hurlers will wear blue and yellow jerseys as a one-off on Saturday night against Kilkenny in the league, as a 1916 commemoration.
The Rebels used to wear this colour scheme 100 years ago, but in 1919, the county board offices were raided by the British army, and the kit was stolen.
At that time, St Finbarr’s had amalgamated with Fr O’Leary Total Abstinence Hall team, and as a consequence the Fr O’Leary jerseys weren’t needed. Those were the red and white jerseys, which Cork borrowed.
They went on to win the All-Ireland that year, and have kept the red ever since.
On Saturday evening in Páirc Uí Rinn, the Rebels will take to the field in these jerseys.
— Kieran McCarthy (@KieranMcC_SS) March 8, 2016
Cork are under pressure to deliver a result following losses to Galway, Waterford and Dublin. Kieran Kingston’s side look certain to be playing in the relegation final next month, but the feeling in the south is that they need a big performance on Saturday night to regain a feel good factor.
With two games remaining against the Cats and Tipperary, things are not getting any easier, but there is likely to be a big crowd in attendance to cheer them on against the All-Ireland champions.