Discussion posted by: David McNamara
On March 17, people (and buildings and beer) around the world get decked out in green to flaunt their Irish pride and celebrate St. Patrick’s legacy. But take a look at the earliest depictions of the famous Catholic missionary and you’ll notice something strange: He’s typically shown wearing blue, not green. As difficult as it is to imagine, Ireland wasn’t always associated with the classic secondary color. Smithsonian.com reports that King Henry VIII sought to cement England’s centuries-old reign over the island nation by declaring himself the King of Ireland in 1541, and he even gave it a new coat of arms: a gold harp against a blue background.