The Ardagh Chalice

The Ardagh Chalice features rich Celtic knot decoration

In 1868 in the town of Ardagh, County Limerick, two men were digging for potatoes in a ring fort, believed to protect the potatoes from the blight that brought the famine 30 years earlier. They came across something hard in the soil and when they cleared away the earth they found a chalice and other […]

Ogham – Script from Ancient Ireland

Ogham is Ireland's oldest written language

The earliest form of the written Irish Language is Ogham, a prehistoric script dating back to around the 4th-7th century.  This form of writing consisted of a series of notches carved on the corners of large standing perpendicular stones. The stone inscriptions were written vertically from bottom to top.  An individual letter could contain between […]

Diamond Shapes

Diamonds come in all different shapes

Jewelry is a way of expressing yourself to the outside world. It can be an expression of love between two people and traditionally is used to signify landmark moments such as engagements or weddings in people’s lives. The selection and availability of jewelry for engagements and weddings alike has expanded vastly over the years as […]

The Book of Kells

Illustrated page from The Book of Kells

The Book of Kells was written in medieval Ireland over 1,200 years ago, about 800AD.  It took about 75 years to complete.  The book contains the four Gospels written in Latin by the Columban monks. It may have been partially written in Iona, Scotland before the monks took refuge in a monastery in the village […]

The 50th anniversary of JFK’s Trip to Ireland is Celebrated

JFK Visit to Ireland

During a four day visit to Ireland in 1963 JFK charmed the Irish people. The president received a warm welcome at his ancestral homeland in County Wexford.  Hundreds cheered and waved Irish and American flags on his arrival. Kennedy enjoyed a cup of tea and some cake with members of his extended Irish family! On Saturday 22nd […]

First Lady Visits Glendalough

Michelle Obama visits Glendalough in Ireland

There was glorious sunshine this morning in Glendalough for the First Lady’s visit with her daughters to the monastic ruins in the heart of the glacial valley. Glendalough, in County Wicklow is a monastic city built in 6th century and the second most visited place in Ireland after Killarney in county Kerry.  This historic site, […]

Forgotten Ireland – Lady’s Well

Lady's Well outside Dublin

Once a small farming village, Mulhuddart is now a sprawling outer suburb on the western edge of Dublin. Developed in the 1980’s the new estates were largely built without services or amenities. A generation on, the area is still one of the most underprivileged areas of The City. The ancient holy well dedicated to Our […]