T-shirts and hoodies with placenames and landmarks emblazoned on the front are now commonplace, with fashion featuring places such as Miami, New York and Paris available in most shops.
Now, thanks to the idea of a freelance graphic designer, Longford has joined the ranks with a t-shirt of its own.
Padraig Stapleton, a native of Killashee now based in West London, has created a whole range of Longford-themed products, featuring an image by Roman Briem of LSt Mel’s Cathedral.
Padraig, who also redeveloped and redesigned Longford Town Football Club’s website, admits that the idea came from being out and about in London and noticing the large volume of people wearing t-shirts featuring exotic place names and landmarks. “I thought it would be good to have a local, humorous and Longford slant to the trend” the graphic designer explains, adding that having St Mel’s Cathedral as the featured landmark was an easy choice to make. “St. Mel’s Cathedral is an obvious landmark in Longford, everyone from here has either attended Mass, got baptised, or been to a wedding there. It’s a landmark that’s recognisable and the dominant feature of both Longford Town FC and Longford GAA’s crests.”
Along with the iconic picture, Padraig, who studied Desktop Publishing in FÁS Training College, Loughlinstown, County Dublin, is also giving those who order the products the chance to add a Longford slang word of their choice to their t-shirts, hoodies and other products, with the example “savage” given on the website.
Padraig plans to donate all profits made from the Longford products to Longford Palliative Care Team through County Longford Hospice Homecare, a charity close to the graphic designer’s heart.
“Longford Palliative Care Team are a wonderful organisation” he explains. “My mum passed away from lung cancer a few years ago and they were a massive help to the family in her final days. I wanted to help them in a unique way so thought this might help!”
The design can be ordered in a t-shirt, hoodie, canvas bag, or art print, and Padraig hints that an iPhone case might come along down the line. The tshirts are American Apparel Organic, which means that high quality is guaranteed.
To view or buy any of the Longford products, visit society6.com/padraigstapleton/Longford_T-shirt. For more information on the products, or to customise your product with a Longford slang word, email Padraig on email@example.com