Paris Boxing Olympian selected to premier Team Ireland Opening Ceremony Kit.

Paris Boxing Olympian, Dean Clancy, is one of two athletes along with cyclist Lara Gillespie, selected to premier the official Team Ireland Opening Ceremony kit for Paris 2024.

Top Irish designer Laura Weber, through her brand LW Pearl, has created a bespoke uniform for the Irish Olympic team, which reflects a balance between tradition and contemporary trends, in line with the 100th anniversary of Team Ireland competing at the Olympic Games.

This is the kit that Ireland’s 6 already-qualified athletes, Dean, along with 57kg Jude Gallagher, 92kg Jack Marley and now Double Olympians 57kg Michaela Walsh, 75kg Aoife O’Rourke and reigning lightweight champion, Kellie Harrington, will wear at the Opening Ceremony through the centre of Paris on the Seine. The Opening Ceremony wear for Team Ireland comprises two blazers, for the Opening and Closing Ceremony, a t-shirt, shoes and trousers options. The suits incorporate national emblems and embellishments, each specifically designed to represent the journey of Irish athletes.

Speaking at the launch, Dean said “Getting to see the Opening Ceremony outfits makes it very real. The Olympic Games is the pinnacle of any athlete’s career, and it will be an especially proud moment for all of us athletes and our families this year, kicking off with the parade of nations on the Seine.”

Speaking on behalf of the Olympic Federation of Ireland, Team Ireland Chef de Mission for Paris 2024, Gavin Noble added,

“We are delighted to officially announce LW Pearl as the designer of Opening Ceremony wear for Team Ireland at the Paris Olympic Games this summer. Laura Weber is one of Ireland’s brightest talents in the fashion world, and it is very fitting that on our 100th year of competing at the Olympic Games that we work with someone who also represents the Best of Ireland.”

“Getting to see the Opening Ceremony outfits makes it very real. The Olympic Games is the pinnacle of any athlete’s career, and it will be an especially proud moment for all of us athletes and our families this year, kicking off with the parade of nations on the Seine.”

Team Ireland Opening Ceremony wear – Design Features:

  • Sustainability is at the heart of the process; the fabrics are made from recycled plastics with practical elements to ensure athletes stay cool in the heat.
  • The sleeve is adorned with the embroidered county patch of each Olympian, artistically interpreted with beads, sequins and stones.
  • There are four shamrocks in different techniques of embellishments representing the four provinces of Ireland.
  • On the inside facing of each jacket the name of the athlete is included in embroidery making it a permanent and treasured souvenir for each athlete.
  • The Closing Ceremony jacket includes strapping around the neck that forms a star to frame a medal for comfort and iconic photographs.