Monday, 17 March 2008
Ireland - and the Westminster Parliament
The Houses of Parliament were largely rebuilt in the mid nineteenth century (all of the Palace,save Westminster Hall was destroyed in a great fire on 16th October 1834). Ireland was at the time of the rebuilding an integral part of the United Kingdom. Southern Ireland gained its independence in 1922 - but Northern Ireland remains part of the UK.
As a result much of the art in the Palace reflects the Irish connection. In Central Lobby a huge mosaic panel shows St Patrick - accompanied by St Columba - representing the North of Ireland - and St Bridget. Shamrocks are evident around the palace, and statues can be found of St Patrick is various places.
A Happy St Patrick's Day to all Washminster readers.