Featuring: Paula Balekana (left) Andrew Quattrin (Center) John Poland (Right)

Celebrating New England’s Irish Heritage:

Forged Irish Stout and Free Jacks Unveil Special St. Patrick’s Day Jerseys

As March rolls around, Boston and the greater New England region prepare to embrace their rich Irish heritage in full force. And this year, the festivities are getting an exciting boost as the Free Jacks, New England’s championship rugby team, join forces with Forged Irish Stout to mark the occasion in style.

On March 16, 2024, at Veterans Memorial Stadium, the Free Jacks will take to the field against NOLA Gold, donning a one-of-a-kind rugby jersey that pays homage to both Irish culture and the iconic sports teams of the region.

Drawing inspiration from the deep green synonymous with Irish tradition, the jersey seamlessly incorporates the hues of Forged Irish Stout, creating a visual ode, not only to Irish Heritage, but also captures the Celtics and the Bruins color schemes. But it’s not just about colors – the design intricately weaves in elements that speak to the heart of New Englands of Irish heritage.

Featuring: Irish Native John Poland 

At the forefront of the design is the Celtic Braid, a timeless symbol deeply rooted in Irish culture and a central motif of Forged Irish Stout‘s brand identity. This intricate pattern serves as a reminder of the enduring spirit and craftsmanship associated with Ireland.

Adding to the symbolism are the three claymore swords, evoking the turbulent history of medieval and early modern Ireland. These swords, once wielded in fierce clan warfare against English incursions, now stand as a testament to resilience and defiance – qualities echoed in the spirit of both the Free Jacks and Forged Irish Stout.

And as a nod to their partnership, the Forged logo proudly takes its place at the top of the jersey’s back, symbolizing the shared values and commitment to celebrating New England’s Irish heritage.

Featuring: Irish Native John Poland 

The collaboration between Forged Irish Stout and the Free Jacks is more than just a sponsorship – it’s a celebration of community, culture, and the unbreakable bonds forged through sport and shared traditions. So, as the St. Patrick’s Day Festival approaches, get ready to witness history in the making as these two iconic brands come together to honor the spirit of the Emerald Isle on the rugby field. Cheers to a partnership as robust as the stout itself, and may the green jersey bring luck to the Free Jacks as they take on Old Glory in this special celebration of Irish pride.

Forged Irish Stout can now be found at Free Jacks bars and will be available for tasting at the St Patrick’s Day Stout Fest.

The specialty Free Jacks St Patrick’s Day Jerseys worn during the match will each be signed and auctioned off after the festival. Proceeds will be donated to the Free Jacks Foundation, focused on growing the game of rugby for the youth of New England. Keep an eye out for the auction and make sure to place a bid on your favorite player’s match-worn jersey!

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Written By:

Oliver Gilpin

Director of Brand and Creative @ New England Free Jacks

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