Emerald Crystal Chosen to Design and Handcraft St. Patrick’s Day Crystal Bowl for Presentation to President Obama

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Following tradition Enda Kenny, the Irish Premier, presented Shamrock today to President Obama. This year the honour went to Emerald to design and handcraft the specially commissioned bowl.

First gifted to President Truman in 1952, the tradition of bringing Irish shamrock to the White House has become part of the annual celebrations for Saint Patrick’s Day. The offering is a symbol of friendship between Ireland and the United States.

In 2014 the shamrock was presented to President Obama by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a ceremony in the White House. The honour went to Emerald to design and handcraft the specially commissioned bowl for the occasion.

The magnificent piece was designed by Martin Croke and crafted by Emerald Master Artisan Walter Walsh. The inspiration for the design is the holy mountain Croagh Patrick, the site where Saint Patrick fasted for forty days in 441 AD.

The tradition of pilgrimage to the iconic summit is carried on to this day and the bowl beautifully captures the long winding path laid out before the devoted traveller.

Splayed rosette cuts provide a base from which a delicate pattern of cut shamrocks make their way back to the top of the bowl – a fitting motif for the event. One panel of the bowl is reserved for the inscription from the people of Ireland to mark the special occasion.

A replica of the 2014 Saint Patrick’s Day shamrock bowl is offered by Emerald and is available to purchase online at http://www.emerald-crystal.com.

Go raibh do ghloine lán go deo. (May your glass be ever full).

Emerald Crystal of Ireland is a group of highly skilled crystal master craftsmen; including designers, engravers, sculptors and master cutters. These artisans’ lifelong experience and expertise in creating fine crystal by hand, has been combined at the Emerald facility in Waterford City. Emerald is proudly committed to preserving traditional crystal making in Waterford through an excellent standard of craftsmanship and a refreshing approach to design.

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