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The Perfect Irish Christmas Gifts for 2021

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At Suileir, we’re counting down the days until Christmas, and time is going by pretty quickly!

Although it seems like it’s getting that bit earlier each year, to be perfectly honest, there’s really is nothing quite like the feeling of Christmas. The lights, the food, the presents, the feelings of togetherness, and most of all, the feeling of giving.

This year, Christmas is all set to be a particularly special one after the challenges of the last 18 months. Now’s the time to say thank you to your nearest and dearest for their support and love during a time that has undoubtedly been hard for everyone.

Sometimes though it can be challenging to find just the right present for friends and family and it can be all too tempting to just grab some socks or underwear to save on the hassle!

 

That’s why at Suileir we’re happy to say that we can offer our fantastic range of Irish art, with FREE worldwide shipping!

The Gift Of Irish Art

At Súileir, we offer you the unique opportunity to send your loved ones the ideal Christmas gift – one of our superb professionally curated images – sent to them wherever they are in the world with free worldwide shipping. 

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We have a vast available selection of Irish images ranging from landscapes, cities, music, sport, nature, culture, and art to choose from. As authentic ‘pieces of Ireland’, they have the exceptional ability to evoke the strongest of memories and feelings. Through our images you can almost hear the laughter and songs, smell the rain and the grass, and experience the soul of the vibrant cities of our beautiful little country.

As gifts, these images are sure to be treasured year after year.

What’s more, is that any image can also be beautifully framed and sent with a personalised note in one of our special postage-tracked Gift Boxes, to be shipped anywhere across the world for free. We’ll also provide you with a tracking number so you can track your purchase.

 

For more information on our personalised gifts, click here.

Photographer Spotlight – Tom Lawlor

Photographer Spotlight – Tom Lawlor

At Súileir, we know a thing or two about truly great pieces of photographic art, and, thanks to our many years of experience in the industry, we have grown to become self-confessed ‘connoisseurs’ of Irish Art in particular!

The very best of art from Ireland’s best talents

Mary Ryan's Wash Day, Dublin Airport
Mary Ryan's Washing Day

Through our passionate and painstaking curation of amazing images of our very own Emerald Isle, visible right here in our shop, we’ve managed to accumulate a vast collection of some of the finest imagery from some of Ireland’s very best homegrown photographers and artists.

This art is curated not just for our own benefit here at home, but for the benefit of those seeking a little piece of Ireland, anywhere in the world.

Day in and day out, we have the pleasure of working with a great community of wonderful local photographers and artists throughout Ireland. So today, as a thank you – and as part of a new Súileir series acknowledging the talent behind the lens and the brush – we’d like to introduce you to a photographer who likely needs no introduction to true lovers of Irish photography, Mr. Tom Lawlor!

Tom Lawlor – The brief background of a Professional Photographer and Broadcaster

For those not already aware, Tom Lawlor is an Irish Photographer with an international reputation. During his time as a photojournalist with The Irish Times spanning 17 years, Tom’s commissions included assignments in Northern Ireland, the USSR, India, Bangladesh, Africa, Greenland, China, and Thailand.

Tom has received many awards for his work, including the highly-prestigious ‘Photographer of the Year’ in 1982. Over the years he has also exhibited and lectured on various topics, and is a regular after dinner speaker who has also contributed to the ‘Abbey Theatre Lunchtime Lectures’, and the ‘Kilkenny Arts Festival’.

He is also a regular contributor to the ‘Arts Show’ and was previously co-presenter on ‘Media Matters’ on the nationwide Newstalk 106 radio channel, based right here in Dublin. Most recently Tom presented his own programme ‘Eye of the Mind’ on Irish’s national broadcasting station, RTÉ Radio.

Tom’s publications include: ‘Dublin – One in a Thousand’, ‘Tom Lawlor at the Gate’, and ‘Ways of Knowing’.

In 2008 Tom was presented with honorary life membership of the Irish Professional Photographers’ Association in recognition of his contribution to photography, and he has also been acknowledged in the Encyclopaedia of Ireland for his contribution to photojournalism, as well as his commentary on the art of photography. 

Curated Works

Súileir are very proud to be able to feature the works of Tom Lawlor. 

Most recently, we’re also proud to say that we’ve even collaborated directly with Tom on a substantial project for the 100th anniversary of the first publication of ‘Ulysses’, in conjunction with The James Joyce Centre.

Bloomsday 2021 – Suileir’s Involvement

The James Joyce Centre and Súileir

We are delighted to announce a collaboration created to celebrate the centenary of the first publication of James Joyce’s masterpiece, ‘Ulysses’.

Plans have already commenced on some very exciting events and exhibitions for this unique and remarkable date celebrating Bloomsday 2022.

Súileir is a curated gallery of Irish photography and art, covering many aspects of modern Ireland. Súileir hosts a community of extremely talented photographers and artists, whose work includes stunning images of Irish landscapes, cities, towns, music, culture, sport, and wildlife.

Everybody at Súileir is particularly excited about the collaboration with The James Joyce Centre, and are very much looking forward to working together.

For our involvement during Bloomsday 2021, we are assembling images that represent events, scenes, and locations featured in the writings of James Joyce, as part of a permanent exhibition. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all images in the exhibition will be available on our website accessible via the link below.

As the country eventually returns to normal following lockdown, the exhibition will then be available to the public, along with additional materials being added as time progresses.

At Súileir, we look forward to working for you all by bringing as many beautiful images and memorable events together as we can for this fantastic event!

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Nature Photography Day 2021

Nature Photography Day 2021

The art of nature photography is in seeking to both explore and capture the wonder and sheer beauty that surrounds us every day, all in order to make it truly immortal.

For those who really take passion in this field of photography, one philosophy must always take precedent though;

Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints.”

Back in 2006, as a way to celebrate and truly appreciate nature photography while also seeking to actively promote wildlife conservation, the North American Nature Photography Association created ‘Nature Photography Day’.

15 years later, the enthusiasm for ‘Nature Photography Day’ continues to grow worldwide. Each year on June 15th, all photographers, from the professional to the amateur, are urged to get out into nature and to capture something amazing.

‘Nature Photography Day’ helps to promote the enjoyment of nature photography, as well as to explain how images are used to advance the cause of conservation in protecting plants, wildlife, and landscapes both locally and globally.

Celebrating Irish Nature

For those of us looking for an excuse to get into the Irish outdoors this month – as if you really needed one since lockdown – ‘Nature Photography Day’ is the perfect excuse to do just that!

The wooded area of the Ballyseedy Wood Walk dates back at least to the 16th century when it is was first mapped for Sir Edward Denny. As a country, home to so much natural beauty, Ireland is one of the most perfect places to capture something wonderful.

From typical wildlife habitats such as hedgerows, ponds and streams, native woodland, bogs, and species-rich meadows and pastures, to stunning landscapes sculpted over the millennia by natural forces, our little island is home to a wonderful range of biodiversity.

For those thinking about getting out and about with a camera this June 15th for ‘Nature Photography Day’, here are some ideas to help you get started:

  • Learn about the natural history of your environment before setting out – plants, wildlife, and land.
  • Encourage the creative spirit among your family and friends – tell them about books and online resources with suggestions on how to photograph flowers, birds, and more.
  • Know that your photos can be invaluable, telling vital stories about nature.
  • Even before June 15th, immerse yourself in the legacy of nature photography by reading about the work of naturalists as well as pioneers in the profession.
  • Build vibrant memories by picking something close to home that you’ve never photographed before. Make plans to photograph that subject or scene every June 15th as an annual project!
  • Create a scavenger hunt for birds, butterflies, insects, rocks, and other natural sights likely to be close to you, but don’t just list what you’ve found – take photos!

Súileir – A Curation of Irish Talent

If you instead find yourself living abroad, but still want to enjoy stunning Irish nature, or indeed if you don’t find yourself very handy with a camera, we at Súileir can bring a piece of the remarkable Irish nature and countryside right into your very own home.

Through our curated works, we have amassed a host of amazing natural images created by some of Ireland’s best photographers and artists. Through the work of these professionals, we are reminded of the great beauty of an ancient island, steeped in natural grace.

By browsing through our online shop, you’re bound to find the perfect gift, either for yourself, or for that someone special. We happily ship worldwide, and can also add a personalised note to any order.

So, what are you waiting for? Have a look at our online shop now and grab a little piece of home, wherever you are.

You can find our Irish Landscape section here, and our Nature & Wildlife section here.

 

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How A Beautiful Photograph Can Improve Your Personal Wellbeing

Slow Down and Appreciate the Finer Things in Life

In a world where everyone is just “too busy”, a beautiful photograph or image can have the power to stop you right in your tracks. A simple photo or painting can instantly stir up long-forgotten feelings of a particular place, or even of a particular smell.

To quote the 80’s hit film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and take a look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

The same could be said for art. We should all slow down and appreciate the inescapable beauty of a photograph or image once in a while. After all, the relationship between art, emotion, and personal wellbeing is a strong one.

Súileir’s Passion for Art

At Súileir, simply put, we love art. More specifically, we love Irish art – Súileir, translated from the Irish language, means “Ireland’s Eyes”.

Our Curator, Leo O Connor has had a huge passion for Ireland from a very early age. It’s this passion that led him to founding Súileir with the aim of bringing a piece of Ireland to as many homes throughout the world as possible. This little piece of Ireland is sent in the form of Irish art.

“Ireland is a magical place. Its beauty, its quirks, its achievements, its shortcomings, its history, its people, its culture, its stories, its customs, and its habits. It has so much to offer to so many people. Our artists have captured the true essence of Ireland in a huge variety of stunning images, and, through Súileir, we offer the ability to ship this little piece of Ireland, to every part of the world.”

Leo O Connor, Curator of Súileir

The Real Ireland – From Near or Far

There are so many amazing views and points of interest all across this small emerald isle that we call home. Our landscapes, our towns, and our cities are all unique in their own way. No two images of Ireland can ever be called the same.

Thanks to years of work from our wonderful community of photographers and artists we have been able to amass a veritable catalogue of work, clearly demonstrating Ireland’s awesome beauty in all its forms.

Additional images are also added on an ongoing basis, making Súileir the “go to” place for Irish Images.

Music and Culture

Music and culture are such an important part of Irish life. At Súileir, this aspect is very well represented. Our pieces include many of our internationally renowned homegrown performers, both past and present. Not only that, they also include world-famous stars performing in Ireland.

Sport

Through our sports collection, you can also find iconic and exciting images of Irish sport, at home and abroad. Irish athletes have consistently performed at very high levels, over many different sports, and our talented photographers and artists have managed to make these moments timeless through their work.

Are you looking for any particular event? Please ask us in our contact section and we should be able to source it for you.

Nature and Wildlife

Are you interested in the natural and wild side of Ireland? If so, we also have a huge selection of fantastic nature images available in our gallery. Floral scenes, forest scenes, rivers, lakes, wildlife, are also well represented. These images are bound to transport you to Ireland, no matter where you are in the world.

Súileir – Irish, to the Core

Everything about Súileir is Irish.

Every item produced by Súileir is totally produced from start to finish in Ireland. All our photographers and artists are based in Ireland. Our printing, framing, packaging and support materials are all produced by Irish companies in Ireland. Also, our branding, website design, maintenance, promotion, and hosting are all conducted by Irish companies.

Why not have a look at our shop now, and treat yourself or a loved one to a piece of Ireland, shipped anywhere in the world thanks to our safe and highly reliable gift service!

We look forward to opening your eyes to what Ireland has to offer.

 

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2021: Feeling Closer to Family and Friends – At a Distance

Dealing with a global pandemic has not been easy on anyone. We’re now a year on from the start of it, but unfortunately, we’re not at the end just yet.

Ireland is suffering the same storm as everyone else. As a nation, one that’s had its fair share of sorrow and heartbreak over the centuries, we continue on – we must.

This year, we’re looking at another year without a traditional St. Patrick’s Day. On the one day of the year where the whole world comes together to celebrate being Irish, once more, we must keep our distance.

 

This year also, it will be the second Mother’s Day where we must appreciate our very own ‘Irish mammies’ at a distance.

To those who have Irish family abroad who cannot get home, to those who live in a different part of the country, and to those who themselves feel isolated far from loved ones, don’t despair. This year will hopefully be the last where we will have to feel this type of sorrow and longing. Covid-19 will pass, and things WILL return to normal.

Covid-19 has had a profound effect on how we now view and interact with the world. In a period where we must continue to adhere to social distancing rules, we’ve never felt a stronger need than now to feel closer to others.

Thankfully, for those who can’t visit family or friends this Mother’s Day or St. Patrick’s Day, technology has allowed us the freedom to at least see them through a screen.

Technology has also offered us, and the ones we love, alternative ways to feel closer to home thanks to online ecommerce.

At Súileir, Irish for ‘Ireland’s Eyes’, through our online store, we can help you to provide the perfect gift for those loved ones this Mother’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day.

The Perfect Gift

Through our services here at Súileir, we offer you the unique opportunity to send your loved ones the perfect gift – one of our superb professionally curated images – sent to them wherever they are in the world.

Our images – authentic ‘pieces of Ireland’ – have the exceptional ability to evoke the strongest of memories and feelings. Through them you can almost hear the laughter and songs, smell the rain and the grass, and experience the soul of the vibrant cities of our beautiful little country.

As gifts, these images are sure to be treasured year after year.

From the sculpted valleys of Wicklow and the majestic mountains of Mourne, to the dramatic coastlines of the west and the brooding wildness of the north, the sense of beauty and history that our artists have captured in their images is tangible.

Doma Na nGail
Doma na nGail Hill of Tara

Our Services

At Súileir we have a large selection of specially curated images ranging from Irish landscapes, cities, music, sport, nature, culture and art to choose from. Each image can also be beautifully framed and sent with a personalised note in one of our special postage-tracked Gift Boxes.

But what if you can’t make up your mind though? Or what if perhaps you’ve left it to the last minute?

Just select a gift voucher and let your special someone pick an image for themselves! Our digital gift voucher is delivered directly to your friend or loved one via email, with the receipt delivered directly to your inbox. It’s that simple.

Rest assured also, when buying with us at Súileir, you can be sure that you’re sending something of real quality. Every item produced by Súileir is produced from start to finish in Ireland. All our Photographers and Artists are based in Ireland. Our printing, framing, packaging and support materials are all produced by Irish companies in Ireland. Our branding, website design, maintenance, promotion, and hosting are all conducted by Irish companies. In short, every image from Súileir is totally Irish.

So, if you’d like to show your loved ones that you’re thinking of them this St. Patrick’s Day, or if you’d like a beautiful personal touch to cheer up any Mammy this Mother’s Day, then why not send them the perfect gift – their very own piece of Ireland.

Don’t miss out, check out our superb collection now by following this link to our shop.

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How Capturing a Moment Can Create a Timeless Piece of Art

“A picture paints a thousand words.”

Alright, so this is a well-worn metaphor, but that doesn’t make it any less fitting when talking about the world of art.

A beautiful picture – whether a photograph, an illustration, or a painting – has the power to transcend language and stir emotions. These unique ‘windows’ can allow us to hear laughter or music, to smell the rain and the grass, or to experience the soul and bustle of vibrant cities.

Photography alone also has the ability to bring fascination, wonder and sometimes, even sorrow – such is its beauty.

By capturing a small instant, a beautiful moment of life and history, it’s also possible to create a timeless piece of art.

A Curator Showing Emotion Through Photos

From an early age Leo O’Connor, the founder of Súileir, has been in love with the world of photography thanks to the influence of his father, Leo senior.

A childhood spent travelling around Ireland with family, with a camera in his hand, led young Leo to develop a passion for capturing the beautiful Irish landscape around him.

In his adult years, this in turn led to the creation of Súileir – the Irish term for ‘Ireland’s Eyes’ – a way for Leo to arrange a collection of curated work, gathered with the aim to inspire emotion and profound appreciation for the breath-taking landscapes and history of Ireland.

Súileir, created as a testament to the love that Leo has for his father, is a reflection of the great breadth of talented artists and photographers that we have on this island of Ireland. But most of all, it’s a heartfelt celebration of an intriguing and storied landscape.

The Ability to Tell a Story

From the sculpted valleys of Wicklow and the majestic mountains of Mourne, to the dramatic coastlines of the west and the brooding wildness of the north, the sense of history in Ireland is tangible.

Rock of CashelThe monuments of our past, such as Brú Na Bóinne, Clonmacnoise and Cashel connect us to a people long gone, but we can still feel their presence.

At Súileir, we are deeply proud of being able to bring together a carefully selected group of extremely talented photographers, artists and illustrators – visual storytellers in their own right – who understand exactly what it means to be Irish.

Through the work of these professionals, we are reminded of the great beauty of an ancient island, steeped in the culture of its people, and defined by the stories they tell.

In these strange times we can sometimes miss the joy of travel, discovery, or connection. But, what better way to feel connected, than with a little piece of home, wherever you are?

A Mission to Bring a Piece of Ireland Around the World

Our main aim, and one that we’ve had since day one, is to bring a piece of Ireland to as many homes throughout the world as we possibly can. With this little piece of our island, comes the associated wonder and emotion.

Whether you’re Irish by blood, or Irish at heart, Súileir is here to bring you on a heartfelt journey to the Emerald Isle.

By browsing through our online shop, you’re bound to find the perfect gift, either for yourself, or for that someone special.

We happily ship worldwide, and can also add a personalised note to any order.

After making your order, our staff proudly take care of everything to keep your print as safe as possible. Whether framed or unframed, all images are mounted, carded and wrapped, and sent in branded gift boxes through An Post, the Irish postal service. Each package can also be tracked with a tracking number.

Rest assured also, when buying from Súileir, you’re fully supporting Irish businesses.

Every item produced by Súileir is totally produced from start to finish in Ireland. All our Photographers and Artists are based in Ireland. Our printing, framing, packaging and support materials are all produced by Irish companies in Ireland. And, our branding, website design, maintenance, promotion, and hosting are all conducted by Irish companies.

What are you waiting for? Have a look at our shop now and grab a little piece of home, wherever you are.

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