Just read last months The Economist this week about how Ireland is gaining recognition as a global diplomatic powerhouse despite it's small size, with recent developments such as our finance minister, Paschal Donohoe being elected president of the Eurogroup/Eurozone finance ministers, winning a seat on the UN Security Council in June and Philiip Hogan held a key role of trade in Brussels until recently.
The article acknowledges Irelands lack of colonial baggage and strong history of overseas development and educational links to the third world, making it a voice that is often listened to, diplomatically.
As so many of our diplomats and ministers travel far and wide to serve the Irish Republic and the European Union, I am reminded that the work we do in our workshop is a small but significant symbol of home, no matter where in the world they are. For any citizen the symbol of their country holds a special place in their heart. For others a gold harp on a blue background may not seem like the most obvious symbol given that there is no green present but for an Irish citizen, this is a symbol of comfort when abroad, especially in distressing times.
We were delighted to get the contract a few years ago to produce these embassy escutcheons for the Department of Foreign Affairs. We have teamed up a few times with the Athy Co-operative Foundry Ltd in Kildare to use their casting expertise to cast these in solid aluminium. The plaques then come to our workshop in Duleeek to go through many rounds of, sanding, sealing, finishing and finally lacquering with associated metal brackets to hang on embassies at 15 degrees. This gold harp harbours very little colonial baggage and seems to be respected worldwide. These gold harps go to service the 57 embassies and 109 consulates around the world, from Figi to Finland.
Source: The Economist, July 18th 2020, Article - Charlmagne, How Ireland gets its way. pg.23
Green Image: BenJennings
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Shane Holland Design Workshops
Duleek Business Park,
Duleek, Co. Meath,
00 353 (0)41 988 2220
UK no 0203 0120491