After many tireless hours, local Memphis artist Devin Culpepper has created a new crest for the Memphis GAA club.
Held within a modern rendition of the traditional Celtic cross, the centerpiece displays fundamental Memphis symbols drawn from the city’s official seal: the steamboat, the white oak leaf, and the cotton boll. The steamboat symbolizes the transportation and economic value of the mighty Mississippi, the cotton boll represents the area’s most important historical commodity, while the white oak leaf represents the tree that covered the Memphis region, before the area was cleared to make way for our city.
The Gaelic football and hurling sticks corner the inner shield, while Memphis’s iconic bridge arches over it all. The primary colors of blue and yellow represent the city’s deep musical tradition as well as the grit and grind that our athletes are known for, while the white accents give the crest a sharp, clean aesthetic. While pictures speak a thousand words, this crest shouts “Up Memphis!” (or “Memphis Abú!” in Gaelic). I hope the thought of donning this crest side by side with you all elicits the same thunderous excitement in your hearts, as it does it mine.
On behalf of the entire Memphis GAA club board, I would like to thank Devin for her hard work on the new crest. If you would like to learn more about her work, please visit www.devinculpepperart.com.