St Patricks’ Day Postcard. No date
This Souvenir Postcard from Dublin includes a view of O’Connell Street from O’Connell Bridge and St Patrick’s Day greetings. The iconography of shamrocks and harp had become popular by the turn of the 20th century, and this postcard is possibly an early response to the fact that St Patrick’s Day had been made an official Public Holiday in 1903. The first St Patrick’s Day Parade in Ireland was not held until 1931, although parades had been held on the 17th March in the United States from as far back as the mid-eighteenth century. The celebration was originally seen a one uniting the Irish at home and abroad, especially in those cities with a large Irish population, such as Boston and New York. In latter years, the St Patrick’s Day Festival, established in 1996, has placed more emphasis on the newly multi-cultural nature of Irish society.
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