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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 the symbols associated with him can be seen in some of the objects from our Decorative Arts collection, Collins Barracks, Dublin.

Triptych, depicts scenes of St Patrick's life in Ireland, enamels and brass inlaid with silver and painted with enamels, London, c. 1903, by Alexander Fisher.

Triptych, c.1903 by Alexander Fisher (N.M.I. Collection - DM:1903.65)

Clay pipe from Frongoch Internment Camp, North Wales. Decorated with harps and shamrock, painted green in places. Dated to from mid-1916 up to the release at Christmas 1916, but possibly extending to 1917. 

Clay pipe (N.M.I. Collection - HE:1998.122)

Evening dress of olive green shantung silk and antique Irish crochet with matching silk coat, designed by Neillí Mulcahy for her aunt Phyllis, Mrs. Sean T. O'Kelly.  Phyllis O'Kelly wore the dress to a reception in The White House on the evening of St. Patrick's Day 1959, during the first ever Irish Presidential visit to the U.S.A..   The designer supplied Beverly Bags of Bray, Co. Wicklow, with remnants of the silk and crochet and the company made a bag to match. 

Evening dress by Neillí Mulcahy (N.M.I. Collection - DT: 2007.33 & 2007.33.4)