A Christmas Childhood by Patrick Kavanagh

Irish countryside in winter

An evocative poem of times past in rural Ireland. This poem was born out of Kavanagh’s loneliness and solitude and he penned it having spent a Christmas season alone in his flat in Dublin. The poem is filled with nostalgia for a disappearing Ireland and his memories come to us through Christian imagery from the […]

The Low Down on Men and Claddagh Jewelry

mens claddagh wedding ring

Can Guys Wear Claddagh Rings? Although the legendary story of the claddagh ring’s roots tells us that the very first one was created for a woman, the Irish jewelry’s iconic design featuring a crown, heart, and pair of hands is not exclusively for female wearers. The symbolic representation of love, loyalty, and friendship has made […]

The Story of Irish Gold

Claddagh ring made with real Irish Gold

Is there really gold in Ireland? When we think of gold mining, the country of Ireland does not immediately spring to mind. However, the ancient inhabitants of the Emerald Isle had been mining gold thousands of years ago. So much so, that more bronze age gold hoards have been found in Ireland than anywhere else […]

Is Saint Valentine Really Buried in Dublin

It is hard to beat the romantic gesture of presenting a Claddagh ring as a token of your affections on Saint Valentine’s Day. The heart, hands and crown that feature in this famous Irish ring give meaning to any relationship, regardless of whether a couple have been married for years or yet to go on […]

Buffy and Her Claddagh Ring

Angel persents a Claddagh ring to Buffy

“My people… Before I was changed… They exchanged this as a sign of devotion. It’s a Claddagh ring. The hands represent friendship, the crown represents loyalty… And the heart… Well, you know… Wear it with the heart pointing towards you. It means you belong to somebody. Like this. Put it on.” With these words, the […]

The Royal County – Where Halloween Began

The origin of Halloween is the Celtic festival of Samhain

We look at the pagan origins of Halloween in County Meath County Meath is known as the Royal County for good reason. The seat of`the High King of Ireland is located at the center of the County and at one time the kingdom was powerful enough to rival the other four provinces of Ireland as […]

Summer Solstice Celtic Traditions

Sacred Hill of Tara Irish landscape

In the times before Saint Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland, Pagan beliefs and traditions held sway. Celtic pagan festivals were celebrated throughout the year according to the cycles of The Sun. The spring and fall equinoxes and of course the shortest and longest days of the year held particular significance. Traditionally bonfires were lit in […]

The Irish Abroad

Irish emigrants arrive at new york

After hundreds of years of emigration, there are plenty of of people of Irish descent who scattered throughout the world. It might surprise you to know that there are over 34 million people in the United States who trace their roots back to Ireland. In fact, millions of people around the world trace their ancestry […]