Is Saint Valentine Really Buried in Dublin

Signpost to Saint Valentine

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sweet Molly Malone

Molly Malone Statue

The character and wit of Dublin’s street traders was legendary, none more so than Molly Malone. ‘In Dublin’s Fair City, where the girls are so pretty, I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone’ is the opening line of the song about an iconic character in the history of this city of characters. Molly […]