Erin Go Bragh translates to "Ireland Forever" and in the US where everyone claims to be Irish on St. Patrick's Day, it is often heard.
In parts of the world, March 17th is all about beer. Specifically, green beer. Very green beer tends to look like dish soap even under the best conditions. Better to concentrate on other Irish symbols that are more easily photographed or on only slightly tinted ale.
Creating holiday symbols is often easier for illustrators than photographers. After all leprechauns are very elusive creatures and besides they may be drunk all the time. Why else is beer associated with the celebration?
Some familiar Irish icons are the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow (where the leprechauns hide their money), a shamrock (not a four leafed clover), leprechauns and leprechaun hats and harps.
Images of people wearing green can be successful, especially if shot in controlled settings. On this, the most Irish of holidays, people tend to be a bit wild and not so photographic as a result. But party shots could work as news with releases. And costumed attractive models are good on a certain type of calendar.
St. Patrick's Day events are held in many cities and countries worldwide. The Chicago River in that immigrant town is dyed green. New York City has the biggest St Patrick's Day parade in the US. And in Ireland the celebration lasts for five days. If you can't get model releases from any participants, try to concentrate close-up on the symbols they are sporting or photograph just their hair, green hair that is. (Oh and a tip: a release signed by a drunken model just might not stand up.)
As you create images specific to a holiday, ask yourself why a designer, photo researcher or art director would want St Patrick's Day images. How might they be using them and for what products or events? And on St. Pat's Day and the days leading up to it, watch the web, TV and print for Irish symbols as part of your ongoing research. And remember: wear green.
Ellen - sorry if I sounded argumentative (I'm Irish!).
In the Irish language, the correct translation of 'forever' is 'go brach'. However, Irish is still a minority language (even in Ireland) and when transcribed into English, words ending in 'ch' often get changed to 'gh'. For example 'loch' (Irish for 'lake') becomes 'lough' (as in Lough Neagh, Lough Leane, Lough Foyle, etc). That probably explains the dictionary entries you mentioned, but I suppose it all comes down to how pedantic you want to be!
Thank you for posting your articles - your advice is really useful.
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