St. Patrick’s Day

Go Green on St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day one and all. Today, people all over the world enjoy celebrations in the name of Ireland’s patron saint. This day last year we shared the gorgeous video made by Discover Ireland, with Liam Neeson’s excellent voice-over. We liked it so much that we thought we’d share it once more – in case you missed it last year. In fact Discover Ireland are using it again as this year’s video, because it was very popular with everyone who saw it.

Going Green for Paddy’s Day is something that happens in Ireland and beyond. If you have any photos of buildings, monuments etc. that have been lit green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, please do share them with us by email at, or on our Facebook or Twitter accounts.

Here in Dublin and all over Ireland, there is an action packed lineup of events. Visit the official St. Patrick’s Festival 2016 website for full details.

Interesting Facts – St. Patrick in visual art and writings

On Tuesday morning at the National Gallery of Ireland’s public lecture, the education department treated attendees to a talk on St. Patrick in art. Here are a couple of interesting facts for you…

There is a research project that the Royal Irish Academy and collaborators have undertaken on St. Patrick’s writings called St. Patrick’s Confessio and it can be accessed here.

Michael Healy, who trained in Dublin’s Metropolitan School of Art (where William Orpen taught), began to work in stained glass and became part of An Tur Gloine. An example of Healy’s stained glass work featuring St. Patrick can be seen in Dublin in the Sacred Heart RC church in Donnybrook.

Right, it is time to begin celebrations. Again, we’d like to wish you all a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Have fun and be safe. Sure it’ll be mighty craic!


*The image for this post visible on our home page is Saint Patrick’s Purgatory, Lough Derg by Sir John Lavery – spotted on the NGI’s Facebook page.