Saint Patrick and the Ridding of the Snake

To some, Saint Patrick and the myth of riding Ireland of snakes is an allegory where the snake represents evil and Christianity is the cure—the eradicator—to that evil. Yet, others trust the geography of the island in answering the no snake question. Before the Emerald Island was an island, it was covered by ice. According […]

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The Blarney Stone and the Eloquence

The Blarney stone is world renowned for giving those who kiss it the gift of the gab, meaning the ability to speak well. Presumably, the word means, also, to speak well in order to gain favors. The definition of ‘blarney’ is: to influence and coax with fair words and speech without giving offense. A Queen […]

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Celtic Mythology – the Tuatha Dé Danann

Also known as the “people of the Goddess Danu”, the Tuatha Dé Danann tribe was portrayed in Celtic mythology as one of the first groups to live in Ireland. According to legend, this group of Gaelic inhabitants were the descendants of Nemed, who oversaw an earlier settlement in the Emerald Isle. The Tutath Dé Danann […]

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Ancient Irish And Celtic Jewelry

At Irish Celtic Jewels, the designs we offer reference centuries of Celtic history, art, and symbolism. Our handcrafted Irish and Celtic jewelry designs are adorned with the most beautiful and timeless symbols of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Many of our special pieces evoke the beauty of historic castles, pastoral countrysides, and ancient Celtic artifacts… Inspired […]

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Celtic History – Ireland’s Holy Wells

Ireland is the resting place of many holy wells – these sacred springs are steeped in ritual and Pagan mysticism. One of the most famous Irish holy wells is found in County Cork – it’s named after the Irish goddess, Brigid. This goddess was worshiped by the Druids – she was perceived as the goddess […]

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How To Choose A Celtic Tattoo

Many men and women celebrate their Celtic heritage by choosing tattoos that showcase the motifs of ancient Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Often, these intricate and ornate designs feature a style known as Celtic interlace – this latticework effect gives Celtic tattoos a rich, dimensional appearance that can be quite hypnotic. Celtic knot work (interlace) lines […]

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Enjoy Stunning Irish Jewelry With Romantic Symbolism

As green and vibrant as the soft fields of Ireland itself, the glittering emerald is really the perfect gemstone for a Claddagh pendant. If you’re interested in Irish jewelry, you’ll adore wearing this special design. Traditionally given as a token of affection, the Irish Claddagh ring has become an important part of Emerald Isle culture […]

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National Symbols Of Ireland

The national symbols of Ireland all carry a deeper meaning – one that intertwines thousands of years of Gaelic art, history, and culture. For the Irish (and those with Emerald Isle ancestry), these special motifs evoke a sense of pride, spirituality and joy. To help you understand more about the national symbols of Ireland and […]

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Ogham Script – What It Means And Where It Came From

Ogham script looks like something straight out of Dan Brown’s bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code – however, these ancient markings are uniquely Irish in origin (rather than Latin or Italian). On the stunning, sterling silver Celtic ring shown at left, an unbroken row of Celtic Trinity Knots is complemented by engraved Ogham script. Today’s […]

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