Glenflesk GAA sampled victory away from the playing fields this week as the club’s crest was voted the nicest in East Kerry.
In a Battle of the Crests competition that was hosted on my personal Instagram account (@adammoynihan), Glenflesk beat off stiff opposition from 12 footballing rivals from East Kerry (plus Beaufort) to eventually earn the honour of having the district’s favourite badge.
The format of the tournament was straight knock-out, an O’Donoghue Cup for crests, if you will, and Glenflesk’s colourful emblem made light work of Scartaglen, Rathmore and Fossa en route to a final showdown with fierce rivals Spa.
Anticipation was high ahead of the decider but in the end, Glenflesk ran out comfortable winners, raking in 65% of the votes.
Fossa’s distinctive black and red crest narrowly defeated Kilcummin in a playoff to finish third.
There was a serious amount of political voting going on if I’m being honest. Let’s put it this way: very few Legion people voted for Dr Crokes and vice versa. But in the end, Glenflesk was the undisputed winner, drawing votes from supporters, rivals and neutrals alike.
As a part time graphic designer myself, I really enjoyed this project. There are certainly some interesting emblems in this part of the world. My own personal favourite, apart from the Legion one obviously, is Rathmore’s symmetrical black and red shield, but that was soundly defeated by the eventual winner in the last eight.
This competition kicks off a series of articles detailing the stories behind the GAA crests we hold so close to our hearts. If you gave any interesting images or information relating to your own club crest, please pass it on via email@example.com.
To view the Battle of the Crests story and see how your club did, visit Adam’s Instagram page @adammoynihan