This artifact, a St. Patrick’s Day postcard, was sent to Howard Irwin, a passenger onboard Titanic. It holds no postmark date and was found in the wreckage debris. The top-right corner of the card features the phrase “Erin Go Bragh,” an anglicized interpretation of a Gaelic phrase meaning “Ireland Forever.” The phrase “St. Patrick’s Day Souvenir” is visible along the bottom.
At the center of the card is an image of Blarney Castle, located five miles outside of Cork City and approximately 13 miles from Queenstown. Dermot McCarthy, King of Munster, built Blarney Castle in 1446. The castle is also home to the “Blarney Stone” that, if kissed, imparts the gift of eloquence on the person who kisses it. Enthusiastic kissers have been going to Blarney Castle to kiss the stone since the 1800s. Winston Churchill did it in 1912. Have you kissed the Blarney Stone?
St. Patrick’s Day is named after Saint Patrick, the 5th-century patron saint of Ireland. For over 1000 years, Ireland has celebrated the supposed anniversary of Saint Patrick’s death.
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