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25 Irish Tattoos That Celebrate Culture from the Emerald Isle

Are you looking for unique ways to celebrate your Irish heritage? Irish tattoos represent a diverse array of designs that include everything from Celtic crosses to shamrocks. These tattoos all celebrate Irish pride and considering the Irish diaspora‘s huge impact, there are a number of descendants of Irish origin around the world who still hold the island Republic and its culture in high regard.

We wanted to get a better understanding of the Irish tattoos out there today so we took to social media to discover the latest and greatest designs that users are going wild for. We were not surprised to find a vast variety of tattoos that are likely to provide some excellent ideas for your very own design. Let’s take a look at some awesome Irish tattoos for ink inspiration.

These Irish Tattoos Prove That There Is No Right or Wrong Way to Go About Showing Your Pride.

Courage

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Misneach is a word of Old Irish origin that means “courage” and “spirit.” It’s been tattooed in an understated font that looks fantastic.

Claddagh Ring-Inspired

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A Claddagh ring is a traditional Irish ring in which a heart represents love, the crown stands for loyalty, and two clasped hands symbolize friendship or vows. Galway, Ireland has been producing rings with this image since 1700!

Sláinte Is Táinte 

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Fancy a pint? Guinness is a dry stout and one of the most successful beers internationally. It originated in Dublin in 1759!

A Celtic Harp

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The Celtic Harp is an ancient instrument and symbol. It appears on Irish and British coins and the coat of arms of the Republic of Ireland. We found them a lot among Irish tattoos.

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See? Here’s another awesome example that is one of the most treasured symbols of Ireland. If you’re wanting beautiful Irish tattoos, look no further than a Celtic harp.

Éire

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The Irish name for the Emerald Isle is Éire. We find it here in a beautiful, Celtic-inspired script.


Crann Bethadh 

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When the Irish Celts formed a new community, they planted a tree right at its center. The tree was called the Crann Bethadh, meaning “the Tree of Life.” Here’s a symbol of the tree that’s been inspired by illustrations done through the centuries. It’s one of the most popular Irish tattoos.

A Celtic Half-Sleeve

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Here’s a half-sleeve tattoo that finds a variety of Celtic knots along with a Celtic cross. Knots and crosses are popular Irish tattoos and we’ll share more about them with you as this list goes on.

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Rocking the Shamrock

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There’s nothing wrong with getting one of Ireland’s most famed symbols tattooed on you. A shamrock can be done in a variety of styles and this minimalist form is a great idea.

A Good Luck Potion

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Here’s another shamrock tattoo that imagines the symbol of luck inside a potion. It’s an interesting take and proof that you can take your Irish tattoos in many different directions.

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Saint Brigid’s Cross

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Brigid’s crosses are linked to Brigid of Kildare, one of the patron saints of Ireland. The crosses have traditionally been made in Ireland on St. Brigid’s feast day which is February first. It looks pretty in tattoo form.

Watercolor Irish Isle

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Watercolor tattoos are a huge trend today. We find the style employed to decorate this outline of the Irish Isle with splashes of colors found in its flag.

Family Crest Tattoo

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“May your troubles be less, and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door. Sláinte!” the artist who shared this tattoo captioned it with the special toast.

Triskelion

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The triskelion symbol has been found on artifacts from the Neolithic, Bronze, and Iron Ages, especially relating to the La Tène culture and related Celtic traditions. It makes for some great Irish tattoos.

Super Clean Celtic Knot

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Celtic knots have been around for centuries and have been used as decoration in the Celtic style of Insular art. They can be tattooed neatly like this example or be turned into bands and even figurative art.

A Full Sleeve

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Here’s a big sleeve full of Irish tattoos. We’re treated to more Celtic knots as well as a knight holding a shield with a triskelion on it. It combines a lot of the imagery we’ve already covered into one bold statement.

A Tribute to the Irish Famine

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This tattoo is based on an illustration believed to be by James Mahoney. The drawing is one of the most iconic images from Ireland’s Great Hunger, used in books, magazine articles, exhibitions, and social media. It is commonly referred to as “Bridget O’Donnell and Her Children in Clare.” It’s one of the most somber Irish tattoos on this list.

Eye of the Dragon

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The Celtic Dragon is a mystical creature that represents sovereignty, power, or a chief or leader of a clan. It’s related to Pendragon the Celtic word meaning “chief.” Raising power is said to invoke the “Eye of the Dragon.”

An Irish Dagger

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Here’s a simple black and grey tattoo that imagines a sort of Irish dagger with a braided handle and plenty of shamrocks for good measure. We don’t think it’s a reference to a specific object more of just a creative design.

A Song Thrush Stamp

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The song thrush is a regular resident and winter visitor to Northern Ireland. It’s easy to recognize thanks to its melodious song. We find on an Irish stamp in this charming tattoo.

Guinness Toucan

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The Guinness toucan was first used as a marketing ploy in the 1930s. The symbol stuck and is remembered fondly to this day.

Two Flags

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For an Irish-American, pride for both countries can be shared. We find that symbolized with an eagle and two flags representing both nationalities.

Book of Kells

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This tattoo was inspired by an illuminated manuscript called the Book of Kells because it was housed at the Abbey Kells in Dublin for centuries. It’s one of our favorite Irish tattoos on this list that feels truly inspired.

Giant’s Causeway

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Giant’s Causeway or Clochán an Aifir are basalt columns that extend for miles off of the coast of Northern Ireland. They form over 40,000 stone pillars. This tattoo is a celebration of them in the shape of Ireland.

Wuivre

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This ancient Celtic symbol is called a Wuivre. “The Wuivre is a [representation of] the duality of the Celtic cosmos,” the person who shared this image explained. “The serpents were deities that inhabited the forests & [skies], hence they are used as a symbol to represent the power of the earth.”

There you go! Now, you’ve seen a bunch of Irish tattoos that tell a variety of stories. As you’ve seen, there is no right or wrong thing to draw inspiration from. Tattoos are all about self-expression so think of something that’s most meaningful to you that relates to your Irish heritage. Happy tattooing!

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