We have a range of t-shirt designs inspired by Celtic proverbs, which we first launched at the Pan Celtic Festival in Carlow. Our t-shirts are designed and hand screen-printed with water-based inks by ourselves in our studio in Co. Waterford onto 100% organic cotton EarthPositive t-shirts.
The EarthPositive t-shirts are organic and ethically made in India, and manufactured solely using sustainable energy generated from wind and solar power, so our t-shirts have a minimal environmental footprint. For more information on the t-shirts please click here.
We also hand print our t-shirt packaging, which is plastic-free and made from post consumer waste.
'The Fiddle Player'
The fiddle is central to traditional music, with different styles found across the country. This design isn’t of a particular player, but is simply a drawing to evoke the energy and magic of the fiddle in full swing at a session.
'The Black Sheep'
This t-shirt has two very similar Irish and Welsh proverbs:
Irish: 'Bíonn caora dhubh ar an tréad is gile'
(There tends to be a black sheep even in the whitest flock)
and Welsh: 'Y mae dafad ddu ym mhob praidd'
(Every flock has it's black sheep)
Designed for the Pan Celtic Festival in Carlow, an annual festival of Celtic arts, music, and culture.
Knowledge of a Raven's Head - Proverb
This raven design includes the Scottish Gaelic saying 'Tha fios fithich agad' and the Irish translation
'Fios cionn fiagh', which means, 'you have the knowledge of a raven's head' or just
'the knowledge of a raven's head'. Mid Photograph by James Spencer.
'The Legend of Dinn Rí'
This design incorporates a section of the Irish legend ‘Orgain Denna Ríg’(The Destruction of Dinn Ríg), which was located in Co. Carlow, just outside of Leighlin Bridge. It is one of the earliest recorded Irish tales, written in old Irish, and is one of many stories compiled in The Book of Leinster.
As the story goes, Labraid Loingseach has been forced to flee westward after his jealous great uncle has murdered his family, but he returns and exacts a gruesome revenge.
'Tír gan Teanga, Tír gan anam'
This design has 6 very similar proverbs, one in each of the Celtic languages, meaning:
‘A country with no language is a country without a heart’
Irish: Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam
Welsh: Cenedl heb iaith, cenedl heb galon
Scottish Gaelic: Sluagh gun chànan, sluagh gun ainm
Manx: Çheer gyn çhengey, Çheer gyn ennym
Breton: Hep brezhoneg, breizh ebet
Cornish: An lavar koth yw lavar gwir,
Nevra dos mas a daves re hir, Mes den heb taves re gollas y dir.
This design is a combination of lyrics from an old Irish song and an Irish proverb. The song ‘Múinfimid do Ghráinne’ is about the desire for a revival of the Irish language, and was written by poet Pádraig Ó Miléadha, born in 1877 in the Déise, Co. Waterford. An important song writer in the area, his songs are still being sung today.
The last line of the design is a proverb about hope and courage, that even the smallest deed can have a great outcome: ‘Is beag an splanc a lasann tine mhór’