Paddy Irishman is a visual arts project challenging historical stereotypes
about the Irish.

Paddy Irishman is a visual arts project challenging historical stereotypes about the Irish.

Paddy Irishman is a visual arts project challenging historical stereotypes
about the Irish.

Paddy Irishman is a visual arts project challenging historical stereotypes about the Irish.

Launched in 2021, with the first iteration of portraits showcased across NYC in 2023, and continuing to evolve, The Paddy Irishman Photography Project portrays Irish men called Paddy, Pat, Padraig, Patrick or any variation of the name, to reframe the often derogatory pejorative, ‘Paddy Irishman’.

This series of portraits tells the story of a remarkable intergenerational cross-section of the island and promotes a new narrative of contemporary Ireland. It challenges the idea that there’s any such thing as a ‘typical’ Paddy and asks us to question our own assumptions around what it means to be Irish and male in today’s society.

The Paddy Irishman series is a not-for-profit project about challenging preconceptions.

It is the most innovative and ambitious Irish art project to launch in the United States in recent years.

A WORD FROM OUR PADDIES

ABOUT

The series captures 50 Paddies diverse in age, background, ethnicity and sexuality. 
This new narrative, exploring identity on the island of Ireland, is told through their stories.

ROSS O'CALLAGHAN

An awarded cinematographer and photographer from Dublin, Ross O’Callaghan has had the ambition to undertake the Paddy Irishman project for almost 10 years.

“My intention has always been to launch in New York City – to export a new vision of Ireland, a snapshot of us no matter how we identify or whatever our beliefs, tradition or birthright. This is about who we were, who we are and where we’re going”

THE BRILL BUILDING

One of Europe’s leading creative agencies, The Brill Building has partnered with photographer Ross O’Callaghan on the Paddy Irishman Project to help this important work reach its biggest stage.  Their participation in the project, providing creative support in production and execution is part of their own exploration of what form Irish identity is permitted to take.

Capturing what it means to identify as Irish and male today.

Take Part. Get in touch.

 ross@paddyirishmanproject.com

#TagaPaddy on social @paddyirishmanproject

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