St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th is one of the few days of the year that the global Irish community comes together and celebrates our heritage and our Irishness. First, second, third generation, and even further back, if there is an Irish man or woman in your family tree you are one of us and that is worth celebrating.
We all know the history of St. Patrick, both religious and anecdotal (apparently there were no snakes in Ireland at the time!), and the epic nature of how St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated around the world from the iconic parade on the streets of Dublin, to the greening of the river in Chicago, a tradition that started in 1962 when members of the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local Union were feeling festive and decided to dump 100 pounds of dye into the water. In recent times, the approach is a lot more considered with the dye being a secret formula made up of a vegetable-based powder. In fact, the people of Chicago are beating us all to the celebrations, with their parade scheduled for Saturday, March 11th.
When it comes to Ireland and Irish people, green is our trademark and our cultural colour. It’s ever-present in the rolling hills of the west of Ireland, the shamrock in the White House, the tapestry of fields the length and breadth of the country, and in the flags we proudly hoist. Not to mention the memories, the sights, and sounds, the ceol agus craic, all of which bring each of us ever closer to the Ireland that excites us and stirs up memories galore.
It was for reasons like these and many more that my love of Ireland and all things Ireland developed into a collection of illustrations that capture the essence of Ireland in the style of the 1930’s travel posters from companies like Great Southern Railways (Irish Rail as we know it). From iconic pubs in which I have vivid memories of celebrating St Patrick’s day in, to the wonderous countryside and the most famous Irish saying of all, the one that makes us all fluent the world over ‘Céad Míle Fáilte’.
My illustrations are designed so that no matter where in the world you are, no matter how recent or far your Irish heritage spans, everyone can have a piece of Ireland in their home.
St. Patrick’s day is but once a year, but being Irish is something for generations and beyond.
This St. Patrick’s Day, to celebrate a uniquely Irish day the world over, we want to offer you an opportunity to share the beauty of this Emerald Isle by availing of a 30% discount when you buy more than one of our prints of Ireland. Just use the code Emerald17 to avail yourself of this offer.
Offer ends on March 20th 2023 and our full collection of illustrations can be viewed here