This is a big year for Irish tourism what with The Gathering calling on the Irish diaspora to visit their mammy-land. If, however, photographs of lovely girls throwing wellies haven’t tempted your long-distance rellies, perhaps Grand Grand have the answer. Graphic designer Fergus O’Neill, who you probably remember from his motivational Feck It Sure It Will Be Grand posters, has come up with a series of some rather profound Come To Ireland prints.
Grand Grand claim to have found the original prints “stuffed inside an armchair deep inside a government department” and after a “protracted argument over ownership here they are for the first time in over 70 years”. We call bull on that for many reasons, the main one being that there has never been an official in Irish history who could have come up with these gems…or had the balls to square up to the tyrannical Isle of Man.
The prints are available as posters (€65) and greetings cards (€3) with the posters’ print run limited to 100 and signed by the artist. If none of your relations have been able to afford to emigrate, perhaps they deserve one of Grand Grand’s other greetings cards, below. Sure why wouldn’t they?