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Lucky Irish Cat Art & Limericks Plus St. Patrick’s Day Pagan Origins

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Lucky Irish Cat Art & Limericks Plus St. Patrick’s Day Pagan Origins+ by Layla Morgan Wilde. Exclusively at

You or your cats don’t have to be Irish to go a little wild on St. Patrick’s Day AKA St. Catrick’s Day. Every year, I post new lucky Irish cat art, vintage St. Paddy’s Day cat cards and more. This year is no exception plus a bunch of other items for a super festive St. Patrick’s Day. Grab your green beer or catnip tea and top of the morning to you!

Ai cat-top of the morning to you

Take a peek at some Lucky Irish cats past and present. Oh my goodness, so many Lucky Irish Cats Bring Smiles for the past 11 years.

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Odin then and Odin now.

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There was a lucky cat named Clover,

Whose fur was as green as a rover.

On St. Patrick’s Day,

He’d dance and he’d sway,

With shamrocks in his paws all over.

But before Odin and I lay out our glorious carpet of clover and kitties, we like to share some fun facts. St. Patrick’s Day is largely a secular holiday and of course cat lovers make any excuse to celebrate yet another feline influenced holiday. Perhaps your cat is inclined towards Christianity, Judaism or Islam but I believe most cats are Pagan.

The Pagan Origins Of St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is a widely celebrated holiday around the world, particularly in Ireland and the United States. It is a day where people dress in green, attend parades, and drink green beer, among other festive activities. However, the origins of this holiday are not widely known, and many people are unaware that the holiday has pagan roots.

Before the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, the Irish people practiced a polytheistic religion. They worshipped a pantheon of gods and goddesses, including Lugh, the god of the sun, and Brigid, the goddess of spring and fertility. These gods and goddesses were often associated with the natural world, and their worship was tied to the cycles of the seasons.

One of the most important festivals in the pagan Irish calendar was Imbolc, which celebrated the beginning of spring. It was a time when people would make offerings to Brigid in the hopes of ensuring a successful growing season. Imbolc was typically celebrated on February 1st, which corresponds with the Christian holiday of Candlemas.

When Christianity arrived in Ireland, the Church sought to supplant pagan practices with Christian ones. St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, played a significant role in this process. According to legend, St. Patrick used the shamrock, a three-leafed plant, to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. He also used symbols from pagan beliefs, such as the sun and the cross, to convert the Irish to Christianity.

Over time, the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day became associated with the Christianization of Ireland. It was celebrated on March 17th, the date of St. Patrick’s death. However, many of the customs associated with the holiday have pagan roots.

For example, the wearing of green on St. Patrick’s Day is often seen as a nod to the Irish flag, which features green, white, and orange. However, green was also the color associated with the god Lugh, and it was believed to bring good luck. The custom of wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day likely originated as a way for Irish people to show their pride in their heritage and to honor the pagan traditions of their ancestors.

Another popular custom associated with St. Patrick’s Day is the consumption of alcohol, particularly beer. While there is no direct connection between this custom and pagan beliefs, alcohol has long been associated with celebrations and festivals in many cultures, including the pagan Irish. Adding food colouring to beer to create green beer was invented in New York by Dr. Thomas Hayes Curtin. He added a drop of blue to beer which turned it came a green and the rest is history.

Cheers or Sláinte, to your health!


First, a few vintage cards edited and with a feline touch.


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I found a couple in this wonderful color pastel and not the usual green. Do you love this vintage 30s vibe.

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vintage st. patrick's day cars with cats


Vintage cards often have a really weird vibe like this one. I couldn’t resist adding some black cats and writing a limerick.

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A bushel of luck was their ride

As black cats snuggled inside

With purrs and meows

Ready to carouse

With fur as black as night

And eyes a bright delight

They bring good luck

And fortune to all in sight

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I made two new cards mixing old and new.

lucky black cat card

good luck cat in clover


I was curious to create some AI cards with mixed results. This was the best crop of these lucky Irish cats but still a bit weird. What do you think?

AI cats St. Patrick's day art

I tried to edit these into something usable but honestly I preferred working from scratch.

AI cats st. patrick's day art


Sometimes the art is so weird it’s good, or at least a good jumping point to create something new. My DNA is mostly Finnish but I have some Irish. The Irish have a wonderful slang word: Feck which inspired this one which I drastically altered from the original AI. It evokes the feeling of one too many green beers.


Feck I'm Irish cat art

St. Patrick’s Day wouldn’t be complete with a few Irish Kitty Limericks

There’s a feline who’s known as McGee

Whose luck is as strong as can be

On St. Paddy’s Day

He’ll lead the parade

And bring his owners fortune for all to see!


A cat named O’Reilly O’Shea

Had a shamrock on his collar one day

He found a pot of gold

And he never grew old

Thanks to his luck on St. Patrick’s Day!


A black cat with a shamrock in tow,

Was the luckiest feline we know. On St. Paddy’s Day,

She’d dance and she’d play,

And her good luck would continue to flow.


There once was a cat from Killarney,

Who loved to drink green milk with honey

On St. Patrick’s Day

She’d dance and she’d sway

And meow with a voice sweet as money


In Dublin there once lived a tomcat

Whose fur was as green as a shamrock

He’d purr and he’d play

On St. Paddy’s Day

And do a jig until wee o’clock


A feline from Cork named O’Malley

Was known to be quite the grand finale

On St. Patrick’s night

She’d sing with delight

And dance on the rooftops with Molly and Charlie


A kitten from Galway named Finnegan

Was a St. Patrick’s Day legend

With his emerald eyes

And his coat like sunrise

He’d dance a jig with the best of them


I’m not sure if Odin and I will be dancing but I will wear my green velvet suit! Tell me, how will you be celebrating?


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From Belfast came a cat named Odin McPurr

Whose green eyes shone as much as his fur,

On St. Paddy’s Day

He’d run and he’d play

with his cat mom all Day


And to end the festivities, this remains my all time favorite Irish quote about cats.
Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Greetings and good wishes without end, from one that’s mighty good to have you as a friend,
Layla & Odin

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