Circle K has launched a new range of official Team Ireland merchandise in partnership with the Olympic Federation of Ireland, which will be available at the end of May in select stores nationwide. The range includes sunglasses, baseball caps, keyrings, drawstring bags, and two very special Team Ireland mascots, modelled in the picture above alongside Olympian hopeful Jack Wooley.

Circle K is a sponsor of both the Olympic Federation of Ireland and Paralympics Ireland, giving it the rare right to use the Olympic branding on its services and, in this case, merchandise.

It has also announced details of a competition that gives the public the chance to name the Team Ireland mascots.

The public can enter the competition and suggest names for the mascots on the Circle K website until May 20th. A shortlist of entries will be revealed on Circle K’s social media channels on May 21st, where the public can then vote for their favourite.

The winning entry will be named on the Late Late Show on May 28th, and become the official names for the Team Ireland Olympic mascots.

Back in September 2019 Dublin Zoo ran a similar competition to name a Giraffe calf. That winner turned out to be Aboyo, meaning one who saunters but the Olympic names will probably have a speedier ring to them.

“Our customers have been incredible supporters of Team Ireland throughout our Here for Ireland campaign,” said Joanne D’Arcy, Director of Market Development at Circle K.

“We hope that they will continue that support by purchasing an item of merchandise and either wearing or waving these items with pride as Team Ireland prepares for the Olympic stage in July.

“We are delighted that Circle K is running a national competition to find the best names for the official Team Ireland mascots,” added Catherine Tiernan, Commercial Director of the Olympic Federation of Ireland.

“This year we are counting on the people of Ireland to support us from home, and we are very fortunate to have a partner like Circle K with stores and forecourts in every community in Ireland and Northern Ireland supporting our local Olympians.”


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