Fans scramble to get their hands on jerseys as Euro fever takes hold
UMBRO are struggling to keep up with demand for Irish soccer jerseys.
The manufacturers have received a flood of online orders for Ireland soccer jerseys from expats keen to show their support for their home team.
The green shirts proved to be one of the biggest sellers for Christmas presents for fans in 2011 -- selling out within weeks of Ireland qualifying for the Euro 2012 competition.
Umbro admitted it hadn't provided for sufficient supply to meet demand. The jerseys will be back on the shelves by February.
Thousands of Irish football followers have placed online orders in recent weeks.
"It's been the best- seller since 2002," Umbro Ireland director of football Jonathan Courtenay told the Herald.
"We will have drops throughout March, April and May in the lead up to Euro 2012. We expect them to sell out.
"So many people have left the country, so we're getting orders from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and all over the world," he added,
"It's difficult enough to get your hands on the jerseys overseas, so we deliver to all of those countries.
"There have been so many placing orders online."
Shipping for overseas cost between €15 and €37, which is added to the price of the jersey.
Many of the stores in Dublin said that they could have sold 10 times the amount over Christmas if there had been sufficient stock.
Retailers have been advising some of their Irish customers to place orders online to ensure they are not disappointed when the rush begins again.
Mr Courtenay said that the sportswear company said that it was constantly "treading the line" between ordering in too many and too few jerseys -- it was too late to order in more after Ireland beat Armenia at the Aviva Stadium.
They would have been left with a huge stock if Trapattoni and the boys in green failed to qualify.
And they anticipated a continued demand in the months running up to and during Euro 2012.
"The Umbro FAI stores will be the first to be restocked," he said. "The new batch of Ireland jerseys will start to flow from the start of February."