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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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Irish Legendary

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

Irish Legendary

Les Grandes Figures de L’Histoire Bretonne

Les Grandes Figures de L’Histoire Bretonne

Les Grandes Figures de L’Histoire Bretonne

Celtic Myth Playing Cards by Cultúrlán Enterprises

Celtic Myth playing cards are the third and final set of cards in a series based around the themes of Celtic mythology and society.

Celtic Myth Playing Cards by Cultúrlán Enterprises

Kuningas Artturin Ritarit

“Kuningas Artturin Ritarit” (King Arthur’s Knights) playing cards designed by Mauri Kunnas

Kuningas Artturin Ritarit

Cultúrlán

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

Cultúrlán

Bretagne

Jeu de Cartes “Bretagne” conveying their cultural identity.

Bretagne

Irish Gaelic Playing Cards

A set of cards to help bring awareness to old and infrequently used languages, created by E Brewstein. Each card in the pack also functions as a mini language lesson, great for playing games and also learning about Irish heritage.

Irish Gaelic Playing Cards

Celtic Journey

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

Celtic Journey

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