Traditional Saint Patrick’s Day Badges

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Another piece I did for the Galway City Museum for this year’s online St. Patrick’s Day in Galway. These are traditional Saint Patrick’s Day crosses that Irish children used to make themselves in the run up to Saint Patrick’s Day. These illustrations are based on a couple of badges that are in the collection of the National Museum of Ireland. Over on the Galway City Museum’s website there are instructions on how to make your own traditional St. Patrick’s Day crosses!

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These illustrations also appeared in Galway City Council’s special pull-out St. Patrick’s Day supplement in the current issue of the Galway Advertiser. You can also find Galway City Museum’s colouring in page of Saint Patrick banishing the snake and the Galway Cartoon Festival’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade colouring in/activity page, both drawn by me. No parades this year so get the kids to make their own!

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Black and White St. Patrick’s Day Colouring-In Page


Another one of the St. Patrick’s Day projects I worked on this year was this St. Patrick colouring page for the Galway City Museum. This Saint Patrick and snake appeared in the special pull-out supplement in the Galway Advertiser. I pitched a slightly more dynamic take on St. Patrick than you’re probably used to seeing. I wanted to make him wilder and more Celtic-looking than the pretty modern bishop garb he’s usually in, so he’s barefoot and wearing a cloak. I also had a notion St. Patrick would have had a rougher and more improvised crozier than usually depicted so the crozier here is based on a branch of blackthorn. It’s a little bit Gandalf, a little bit Bumi King of Omashu, and a little bit Wolfwalkers (I watched this recently and it’s hard not to be inspired by the style!).
You can print this St. Patrick off at home for the little ones to colour in this St. Patrick’s Day by clicking here to access the image. If you’re reading this on social media you should visit my website for a more printer-friendly version.
Other things to look out for include Galway City Council’s virtual parade taking place online this year, including animations

Saint Patricks Day Colouring In Page for Schools Free
Activity colouring page for the Galway City Museum

based on the drawings received from children. Details will be announced soon but having seen a rough cut I can say it’s going to be something quite special.

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