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St. Patrick's Day

Some of the folklore and objects associated with Ireland's patron saint in the Collections of the National Museum of Ireland


March 17th is known as the feast day of Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick. It is marked in Ireland and throughout the world with parades, religious and cultural events. The traditions observed today have been noted over the centuries and evidence for these can be found in the collections of the National Museum of Ireland.  

Mummer doll 'St. Patrick' (N.M.I. Collection - F:1996.89)

St. Patrick and Religion

St. Patrick and Religion

Religious artefacts with associations to St. Patrick

St. Patrick and Identity

St. Patrick and Identity

St. Patrick and the symbols associated with him have been used to emphasis Irish identity and can been seen in these objects from the N.M.I. Collections.

St. Patrick and Tradition

St. Patrick and Tradition

Objects associated with St. Patrick from our Folklife collection