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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

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Ireland

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Irish Legendary

Irish Legendary deck featuring figures in the Legends of Ireland, designed by Rachel Arbuckle, 1990.

Irish Legendary

Guinness Posters

Classic Guinness Posters, 1999.

Guinness Posters

Lovely Day for a Guinness

Lovely Day for a Guinness deck published by Shamrock Gift Co Dublin, c.1980.

Lovely Day for a Guinness

Views of Ireland

Selected views of Ireland Souvenir playing cards published by the Irish Tourist Association, 1950s

Views of Ireland

Cultúrlán

Celtic myth playing cards inspired by the rich Celtic pantheon of mythological Gods, Goddesses, and heroes

Cultúrlán

Quantum

Quantum playing cards designed by Catherine Geaney.

Quantum

Inner Realms Tarot

Inner Realms was conceived from sacred geometry that inspired me to create and then pick out pieces of that design that amazed me, or inspired me to create another design...

Inner Realms Tarot

Ormond Printing Co. Ltd

During the 1930s The Ormond Printing Co. Ltd produced playing cards for the Irish market with a distinctive ace of spades, joker and court cards. In 1935 the firm was acquired as a manufacturing facility for Waddington’s cards in Eire.

Ormond Printing Co. Ltd

Feardiadh at the Ford jig-saw

Feardiadh at the Ford jig-saw book with illustration by Kathleen Ennis, c.1940.

Feardiadh at the Ford jig-saw

Irish Playing Card Mfg Co

Irish Playing Card Manufacturing Company.

Irish Playing Card Mfg Co

Irish Souvenir

Irish souvenir playing cards. The Joker has the inscription W.O., Dublin.

Irish Souvenir

Celtic Journey

Celtic Journey playing cards - where art and culture meet - designed by Carmen G. Carballeira, 2011

Celtic Journey

Art:Pack in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation

A deck of cards to raise awareness of the Irish Hospice Foundation.

Art:Pack in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation

About Catherine Kelly

Catherine Kelly, M.A. Paint and Print, B.A. History of Art and Fine Art Painting, is an artist working in Dublin

About Catherine Kelly

Irish Heroic

The costumes and details of this pack are in the spirit of "The Heroic Period of Irish History".

Irish Heroic

Irish Playing Cards

Playing card designs based on motifs from early Irish manuscripts and metalwork.

Irish Playing Cards

Ireland Homepage

During the nineteenth century playing cards were being produced in Dublin, Cork and Limerick.

Ireland Homepage