Saturday, February 27, 2010

St Patricks Day fast approaches!

Will you be celebrating St Patricks Day on 17th March? As a true green Dublin born Irishwoman I certainly will! There is a huge St.Patricks Day Celebration and Parade in the City of Birmingham every year, this year on Sunday the 14th,(said to be the 3rd largest in the world after New York & Dublin!) and I'll be going. It's only 15 minutes into the City Centre on the train from here, so won't have to worry about parking - which will be a nightmare.

Pictures & reports for the Birmingham St Patricks Day Parade 2009

I've also been getting ready for the huge demand for St Patrick's Day Souvenirs, T-Shirts, gifts, cards etc by adding a St Patricks Day mini shop to my Zazzle Store. So far I've got 14 great vintage designs, many including both the ancient Irish flag of green and the American Flag. These are available on mugs, magnets, t-shirts, button pins, cards and ties.

The designs are all from old postcards which belonged to my Irish Grandmother, whose brother, as a young lad set sail for America and joined the 7th Cavalry in Texas. He was a horse shoer and when WW1 broke out was an MP at Camp Wadsworth in South Carolina before going over to Europe to fight on the battlefields around Ypres in Belgium, where he was killed, he was only 24.

But while he was in America he sent my Granny a lot of these postcards which I now have and which are no longer copyright due to their age. So I thought it would be nice to adapt them to create souvenirs, gifts & t-shirts etc to celebrate St Patricks Day. Of course they predate the adoption of the green, white and orange tricolour flag, and instead feature the ancient green flag of Ireland which dates back to the 1700's and often has an Irish harp or the words 'Erin Go Bragh' gaelic for 'Ireland Forever' on them and many also feature the American flag.

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