The Irish Nation

1 March 24  – 6 May 24
Irish Mancunian

The Irish Nation was a trail of mosaic artworks created by world renowned mosaic artist Mark Kennedy. The original pieces of work were on public display in a series of cultural and leisure venues throughout Manchester from 1 March to 31 March to coincide with the Manchester Irish Festival. Due to popular demand, the trail was extended to 6 May 2024.

Each artwork was accompanied by a plaque with a QR code taking you to more information about each Irish icon and highlighted any specific links they had to the city of Manchester.

We are proud to be a supporter of this project delivered by Irish Mancunian.

Mosaic locations

About the trail

The trail featured the artist’s striking images of James Joyce, John F. Kennedy, Luke Kelly, Eileen Gray, George Best, Brendan Behan, Seamus Heaney, Constance Markievicz, Morrissey, Sinéad O’Connor, Shane MacGowan, Oscar Wilde, Katie Taylor, Samuel Beckett, Phil Lynott, Bridget O’Donnell (Famine Mother & Children) and an image from the film The Quiet Man.

About the Artist

Widely regarded as Manchester’s Mosaic Master, Mark Kennedy has been creating work for over 30 years.

He is presently the artist-in-residence for Manchester City FC, his work covers several sides of Affleck’s Palace, sits on the walls of many hospitality establishments throughout the city, as well as hanging over hundreds of fireplaces across the globe.