ELVERYS & 1916

Since it was first founded in 1847 Elverys Sports has witnessed some of the most dramatic events in Irish history, and none more so than the 1916 Easter Rising, the centenary of which will be celebrated this weekend. Indeed, the Elverys Sports store on what was then Sackville Street in Dublin was caught up in a small way in the momentous happenings of that seismic period in the history of the country.

Cricket, once widely played across the country was in decline since the GAA had introduced Rule 27 – known ever since as “The Ban” – was still a popular enough in Dublin to have Elverys stock bats and accessories in the window of the store.

The location of the store so close to the main fighting going on at the GPO, meant Elverys were in the middle of the cross-fire and general destruction of the main street.


There was widespread looting on the street from the night of Monday the 24th and the Sinn Féin 1916 Rebellion Handbook, published by the Irish Times in 1917, describes children roaming the streets with sweets, toys and ‘hockey and golf sticks and all kinds of articles used in popular pastimes’, which would certainly suggest Elverys was a victim.

The Cricket Bat that Died for Irelanda wonderful blog on Irish history, explains further what happened in those tumultuous days.

“The bullet lodged in the wood of the bat is a .303 calibre, which was used by the British Army for both their standard issue Short Magazine Lee Enfield rifles and also Lewis machine guns.  The Irish Volunteers had about 900 1871 model Mausers, landed at Howth two years before, which used .45 calibre ammunition, so the bat was shot by a British gun. Rifle fire on Sackville Street was heaviest on the Tuesday of the Rising, before the fires began to spread on the Wednesday, so it’s possible, though not certain, that the bat was shot on that day.”

“Perhaps one of the reasons the cricket bat has captured so many people’s imaginations is the idea of such a symbol of ‘Britishness’ taking a bullet in the rebellion. Maybe the fact that the bullet came from a British weapon adds to the irony.”

Today, in close proximity to where the original Elverys store stood, the name proudly lives on in Dublin city centre in Arnotts where three great Irish companies – Arnotts, established in 1843, O’Neills, founded just two years after the Rising, and Elverys, have come together to commemorate that fateful week as can be seen below. The 1916 Jersey can be purchased in any of the nearly sixty Elverys stores the length and breadth of the Republic which the men and women of the Rising fought to bring about.

To celebrate our heritage, Elverys is giving 19.16% off all online purchases from Friday until Easter Monday at midnight. Check out Elverys.ie for full details.


Thanks to Mark Jenkins and Breda Malone for their assistance with photography and information for this article.



The preparations for the 2016 Euros get into full swing this week when Ireland host Switzerland on Good Friday in Landsdowne Road. The pre-tournament friendlies are an integral part of the build-up to every tournament, but how have Ireland fared over the years as they warmed up for tournaments from Germany in 1988 to Poland in 2012? We have the answers here!

EURO 1988

Ireland 2-0 Romania. 23rd March 1988; Dublin – (Irish Scorers) Kevin Moran, David Kelly

Ireland 2- 0 Yugoslavia. 27th April 1988; Dublin – Mick McCarthy, Kevin Moran 

Ireland 3- 1 Poland, 22nd May 1988; Dublin – Kevin Sheedy, Tony Cascarino, John Sheridan

Norway 0- 0 Ireland, 1st June 1988; Oslo.

A very solid warm-up campaign that saw three wins from four games as Ireland kept up their unbeaten run that would end at 12 games when they were cruelly denied by Holland a few weeks after the draw with Norway.

ITALY 1990

Ireland 1- 0 Wales, 28th March, 1990; Dublin – Bernie Slaven (above).

Ireland 1- 0 Soviet Union, 25th April, 1990; Dublin – Steve Staunton.

Ireland 1-1 Finland, 16th, May, 1990; Dublin – Kevin Sheedy.

Turkey 0-0 Ireland, 27th May, 1990; Izmir.

Malta 1- 3 Ireland, 2nd June, 1990; Ta Qali – Niall Quinn, Andy Townsend, Frank Stapleton.

Three wins and two defeats as Ireland shaped up for a first ever World Cup appearance. The final game against Malta before the tournament proper saw Frank Stapleton score his 20th and final international goal. The man who would break his record years later, Niall Quinn, bagged his second ever Irish goal in the same game.

USA 1994

Ireland 0 – 0 Russia, 23rd March, 1994; Dublin.

Holland 0- 1 Ireland, 20th April, 1994; Tillburg – Tommy Coyne.

Ireland 1 -0 Bolivia, 24th May, 1994; Dublin – John Sheridan.

Germany 0 -2 Ireland, 29th May, 1994; Hannover – Tony Cascarino, Gary Kelly.

Ireland 1 – 3 Czech Republic, 5th June, 1994; Dublin – Andy Townsend.

A memorable warm up run as Ireland overcame both Holland (above) and Germany in widely celebrated victories – the latter coming on the same day as Down dethroned Ulster and All Ireland champions Derry in one of the all time great Ulster championship clashes. Despite a first loss in 14 warm-up games to an up and coming Czech Republic (comprising of many players who would go on to play in the 1996 Euros final), hopes were high for the Irish invasion stateside. Holland though would gain revenge in Orlando.


Ireland 2 – 0 Russia, 13th February 2002; Dublin – Steven Reid, Robbie Keane.

Ireland 3- 0 Denmark, 27th March, 2002; Dublin – Ian Harte, Robbie Keane, Clinton Morrison. 

Ireland 2- 1 USA, 17th April, 2002; Dublin – Mark Kinsella, Gary Doherty.

Ireland 1- 2 Nigeria, 16th May, 2002; Dublin – Steven Reid.

Ireland’s two year unbeaten record in Dublin was brought to an end on the eve of the tournament by Nigeria in the 100th international played in Landsdowne Road. It was a disappointing end to a promising warm-up run but luckily nothing of real significance happened between then and the tournament….


Ireland 1 – 1 Czech Republic, 29th February, 2012; Dublin – Simon Cox.

Ireland 1- 0 Bosnia Herzegovina, 26th May, 2012; Dublin – Shane Long.

Ireland 0-0 Hungary, 4th June, 2012; Budapest.

Just the three games in the 2012 warm ups including the final away game against Hungary that may go down as the most boring game of football ever played. Indeed, the game was not fully recognised by FIFA due to one of the officials not being on their list but the FA did award caps for the game thus allowing Damien Duff reach the century.


Ireland ?- ? Switzerland, 25th March, 2016

Ireland ? – ? Slovenia, 29th March, 2016

Ireland ? – ? Holland, 27th May, 2016


Visit the Elverys Intersport Aviva Stadium Store as Ireland warm up for Euro 2016 and cheer on the Boys in Green with the new Home Kit – http://bit.ly/1KQbJMz



Hayley Coleman is one of the most sought after make-up artists in the country and will this year be running the VHI WMM for the first time. Elverysblog.com will be following her progress as she gears up the run on Monday June 6th.

She may be one of Ireland’s most popular make-up artists and social media bloggers, but Hayley Coleman admits that she is a novice when it comes to her running career. The Mayo native is looking to change all that however as she prepares to take on her very first Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon this June and is hoping to encourage other first timers to join her on her journey.

To give herself the best chance of taking on the challenge Hayley dropped into her local Elverys Intersport where she had her Footbalance done and she pointed out that came as a revelation to her but it has already paid dividends.

“It was all really, really new to me. Before this I always just went in to the shop and picked a pair of runners that looked nice! I never really knew anything about the Footbalance. I had heard of it, but I was probably too shy to ask when I went in to the stores.

I learned a lot from it though – I wouldn’t have known that my feet were so different, I wouldn’t have thought that at all. The guys in there were a great help too, they really know their stuff,” she added when she found out she tended to over pronate on her right side.”

Since then though it has helped her to feel more comfortable as she stepped up her training.

“You’d notice it straight away – I went out running in my old trainers recently because the ground was mucky and I didn’t want to run my new ones but I definitely noticed a difference almost immediately. There is so much more bounce with the Footbalance insoles, there is way more cushioning and it is completely different now.”

“They do make a massive difference from what I can see. The comfort, the support… my feet feel like they are more upright rather than caving in as they used to be. There is so much more support – I feel like I can even run faster!”

With the correct footwear chosen and her gait analysis done Hayley believes that having a goal – in her case finishing the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon in June – is the perfect way to ensure you get out there and get training.

“Absolutely – it’s like you have someone behind you telling you not to give up and giving up is something I would do! It is pushing me on though and it’s giving me a goal, I have a time I would like to do it in and that’s what I’m trying to get towards as well. That little thing behind me – I’m telling myself at the moment that I *have* to do it rather than just wanting to do it. I’ll try and schedule it into my day and push myself to do it.

Lately I’m doing 5k three times a week and that’s on top of gym work. I think you need to be able to build strength and an overall fitness regime. I wouldn’t be an athlete. I find it hard to train, I’m not someone who will say I love exercise. I’d love to sit down and eat a burger and chips everyday but I know once I do my run I feel better and I’m, achieving something.”

I haven’t a plan yet, at the minute I’m just trying to train better and do the right things. People ask how do you find the time but there will always be an hour at some stage in your day. I have a young son who is five years old, he’s a bundle of energy and I have to work, but I try to think of it as work and fit it into my weekly timetable.

I do enjoy it when I get out there, the feeling afterwards, you feel great, and I do love it. I just need a kick at times but I do love it when I get out there then!”

You can follow Hayley’s progress on her own social media channels as well as on Elverysblog.com and you can register to run the 2016 Vhi WMM here – http://bit.ly/21z6LWo


So the Irish Jersey that will grace the green fields of France this summer has been revealed and honestly we love it. It’s a classic design and a collar that will make it stand out as the boys face off against the cream of the continent.

Already it has grabbed a lot of attention so we said we’d take a look at how it shapes up against the versions that were worn on the occasions of the Republic’s previous tournaments.

Euro 88 

An absolute classic retro kit that is still highly prized amongst Irish fans, this one saw Ireland explode onto the international stage for the first time in tournament action and will therefore always be considered a favourite.

World Cup 1990

Simply perfect. The boomerang design, the detail on the colour, the run to the quarter-finals against the hosts. The Italia 90 vintage will forever be one of the best tournament jerseys ever in our eyes.

USA 94

There was a lot more going on with this kit but considering the victory over the Italy in the above game it will always be cherished by Irish supporters. Interestingly this was the only one of the four games in the 1994 World Cup that Ireland wore green – against Norway, Mexico and Holland they changed into the predominantly white away kit.

Japorea 2002

A pared back design but no less loved for that. Against Saudi Arabia Ireland went with an all green kit but otherwise they sported white shorts as against the eventual finalists Germany when Robbie Keane netted his last minute leveller.

Euro 2012

A very different design to previous Irish jerseys and a new departure in the socks. The placement of the numbers was another innovation but sadly this jersey will always be associated with a less than stellar campaign.

Euro 2016

So what fate lies in wait for the Irish team in France this summer? Well whatever may occur against Sweden, Belgium and Italy at least we know the boys will be togging out in a jersey that will go down as one of the coolest at the tournament!

Grab the 2016/17 Republic of Ireland home jersey now at Elverys Intersport in long or short sleeve version! http://bit.ly/1KQbJMz 


Elverys are once again proud to be a partner of one of the biggest sporting and social events of the year – a carnival of fitness that has become one of the most important fundraising events in Ireland on an annual basis. The Women’s Mini Marathon, sponsored by VHI is a powerful movement that not only benefits charities countrywide but also provides an invaluable chance for women throughout Ireland to use it as a vehicle to get fit.

Gaining, and maintaining, fitness is not just about a single day which is one of the main reasons that Elverys have launched our #CommitToFit campaign this year. Outside of the big day at the start of June when we see up to forty thousand women descend on Dublin’s streets, we at Elverys know that in the months preceding, in every town and village, there are women on the streets and roads getting in shape to take on the challenge of completing the course, being committed to their fitness. Our SS 2016 range of activewear reflects this and we understand that a healthy and active lifestyle is vitally important for everyone. As ever in our long association with this great event, Elverys Intersport is ready to help in any way we can to ensure that everyone is prepared as best they can for the June Bank holiday.

If you’re unsure of what you need to do to get into shape, if you want to learn more about recovery, training techniques and nutritional advice to get your body ready for the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon, Elverys Intersport is here to help. With regular plans, suggestions and advice in association with the Evening Herald and on Elverysblog.com, we intend to make sure that not only are you taking part for a worthy cause but also that you’re learning lessons that will benefit your health and fitness regime long term.

We will be bringing you tips from experts and special contributors, including the fantastic Hayley Coleman, steering you in the right direction in terms of footwear, clothing and fitness accessories. Elverys Intersport also promises to guide you in the right direction when it comes to battling the elements – sun, rain, wind or sleet, we will have you ready for whatever is thrown at you during the next few months.

We’re looking forward to motivating you with fitness essentials and excite you with new technologies and we will do all this and much, much more between now and June, as you set off on the path to the finish line, of this most wonderful, and iconic of events!

Grab your Vhi WMM training range now at Elverys.ie! http://bit.ly/1MBVRbE