Wear It With Pride



Looking for an unusual, lapel-based, Irish-made gift?

Ed Hannon writes:

Since 2012 ‘Visions of the Past‘ has been dedicated to the promotion and coverage of Irish history, heritage, folklore and the built environment.

To date the website has had over 800k visits and has documented 350 historic sites.

We are passionate about Irish heritage and with this in mind we have decided to commission three talented Irish designers to create some fantastic hard enamel pins and a tote with an Irish folklore focus.

Today we have launched our etsy shop and our first two enamel pins alongside our tote bag.

The first pin is the ‘Hawthorn Tree‘ pin designed by TwoheadedDog Art, a tree closely linked to Irish folklore and fairy lore.

The second is the enigmatic and powerful ‘Sheela Na Gig’ pin designed by Votive Illustration.

The tote is the logo for VOTP and features the bell tower of my favourite Dublin church St Audoen’s. We are already working on further designs and hope to expand the range over the coming months.

Expand the range.


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13 thoughts on “Wear It With Pride

  1. Gearóid

    These are very interesting and attractively done (as much as is possible, like).
    I am bookmarking this page to revisit nearer Christmas. Thank you.

  2. Amorphous Kerry Blob

    According to Wikipedia, one of the best examples of a Sheela na gig carving is in the Round Tower at Rattoo, County Kerry. Rattoo is where that farmer murdered his neighbour with a teleporter last April.
    The Kerry Tourist Board can thank me later.

    1. Jemo

      While you are partially correct it depends very much on source, the Auraicept na n-Éces and the Book of Ballymote both depict it as it is in this badge/pin.

      1. Steph Pinker

        Hi Jemo, the source of the hÚath symbol used in this particular badge/ pin design should have been stipulated by the writer/ artists as to its original depiction and [if possible] origin; after all, we are trying to understand a writing system which was only in use between 4th – 6/7th C. The Book of Ballymote to which you are referring was written at least 800 years later – long after Christianity, Vikings and the Anglo-Normans had arrived on our shores and exerted their own ideas and influences.

        My point being: the evidence we have of Ogam stones (as opposed to tree branches), and the writing on them concurs mostly with my comment above; there are subtle variations in Ogam writing styles in Munster, Leinster, Wales and southern parts of England, however, most archaeological evidence of import comes from the Munster area due to the prevalence and clarity of the Ogam inscriptions in existence today.

        1. Jemo

          Indeed as I said you were only partially wrong. As you stated the Book of Ballymote was only written ‘long after Christianity arrived on our shores’, can you show me what was written around the time of the 4th to 6th century or would you accede that its interpretation in the 15th century is jut as valid as your opinion.

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