Category Archives: Irish History

The Irish Harp, Ireland’s Official Symbol.


What do Irish passports, coins and pints have in common? Why, it’s the Irish Harp of course! Despite the fame of the shamrock, it’s the harp that has the honorable position of Ireland’s official emblem. But why is this musical instrument so important to our country? Let us start at the beginning… The Early Harp […]

Saint Patrick & the Shamrock


Very few symbols are more intertwined with Irish culture & identity than Saint Patrick & the shamrock. Thanks to his internationally celebrated feast day, the saint’s name is recognisable world wide. But why is Ireland’s patron saint always portrayed with the small plant? Who was Saint Patrick? Irelands most famous saint was not Irish at […]