The History of Claddagh and Galway City

Claddagh Village in the Old Days

The home of The Claddagh ring, Galway and the Fishing village of The Claddagh have changed much throughout the years but still retain the charm of times past. To take a stroll along the medieval streets of Galway down throught the Spanish Arch to the fishing village of Claddagh nestled by the banks of the […]

Gold in Ireland

Rare Irish gold is still mined in Ireland today

Is there gold in the rivers of County Wicklow? According to Gerry Stanley of the Geological Society of Ireland it would take you at least two years to collect enough gold to have a ring made – but it wasn’t always so. In September 1795 a 682 gram single nugget of gold, enough to make 100 rings, was found near […]

The Seven Wonders of Fore

The 7 Wonders of Fore

This hidden tourist destination in County Westmeath, Ireland is well worth a visit. The island of Ireland is packed full of wonderful places to visit. Of course most visitors do not venture off the beaten track, visiting the most popular attractions like the The Guinness Brewery, The Cliffs of Moher or the Blarney Stone. However, […]

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 […]