'Ireland Welcomes You'

Poster from c.1950


Portrush. Northern Ireland. British Railways

Signed Ronald Lampitt. c.1950. Lampitt designed several posters of English scenes for the earlier Great Western Railway. Portrush is still a popular resort in County Antrim. The scene resembles many of posters for English resorts.


Northern Ireland. Where the Mountains of Mourne Sweep Down to the Sea. British Railways

Signed David Cobb. c.1950. The words are from the famous song by Percy French. A crowded presentation, which suggests that perhaps Cobb was not a very accomplished landscape artist.


Northern Ireland. Ulster. British Railways. The Giants Causeway, County Antrim

Signed Greene. c.1950. The Giant’s Causeway is one of Ireland’s most famous natural attractions and is classed as a world heritage site. The miniscule figures give a good idea of just how accessible a site it is.


Northern Ireland. British Railways. Ulster Transport Authority. Great Northern Railway Board

Signed L.A. Wilcox. c.1950. A Glens of Antrim Scene, probably of Cushendall. It combines natural, human and agricultural elements in a conventional but attractive composition.


Southern Ireland.  Travel in comfort by rail and sea. British Railways

Signed Jack Merriot. c.1950. This is a very well balanced poster. It incorporates classic Irish traditional stereotypes such as the side-car, thatched house, turf clamp and rugged scenery in a composition that works.


Ireland Welcomes You. CIE

Signed Curran. c.1950. CIE was obviously extremely proud of its new ‘A class’ diesel trains heralded by a sun-burst and shamrock. Like other posters aimed at the north American market, the aim was to stress modernity of transport.