Impack Art - Claddagh Glitter Print - Louise McGinty - Achill Island, Co. Mayo
We love the colours used by Louise McGinty and the contemporary take on this Claddagh design and we agree that it is a bright and cheerful advancement of this timeless Irish symbol in to the present day.
The traditional Irish Claddagh symbol was created by an Irishman called Richard who was captured and sold into slavery from the fishing village of Claddagh. Many years passed and he wondered if his true love would wait for him. Over the years he stole tiny bits of gold from his master to make her a ring. He fashioned a heart for love, a crown for loyalty and hands as a symbol of friendship. After many years he finally returned home to Claddagh. Upon his return and to his joy he discovered his true love had waited for him. He gave her the ring as a symbol of their love, loyalty and friendship forever known now as the Claddagh.
The Turf Peat Incense Company - The Gifted Hand - County Tipperary.
John O'Brien and Joannes Berkery have run Irish Turf Peat Incense for the past 18 years! Joannes believes that people worldwide love the scent of a turf fire. It brings them back to their roots!.
With this Irish turf incense and the gorgeous Irish Pub we hope that we have brought a little bit of Ireland in to your home this month. We chose the Pub for this month's love theme as we are reminded often by our families about the matchmaking era here in Ireland. Pubs in Ireland often had what was known as a 'snug' - a small, screened-off room attached to the bar called the snug, a place where the matchmaker was foun - usually a trusted old man who would discretely arrange marriages between the sons and daughters of local farmers and shop keepers.
This is one of our favourite Irish songs and we are very happy to share it with you. Please do visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqL5qLqWWvA to hear Karen Casey sing the English translation beautifully or visit our Facebook page and you will note the recent post attaching the link! Dónal Óg is one of the most movingly told Irish songs of a girls total obsession with her lover young Dónal
Real Ireland Picture Press - County Wicklow
Based in County Wicklow, Real Ireland Design is a company that understands how to portray the beauty of the Irish landscape by using high quality images on items that can be used and admired every day. From calendars and bookmarks to mini jigsaw puzzles, Real Ireland Design's products represent Ireland very nicely! We thought you would like to see a beautiful image of Ireland every day on the go with this lovely diary!
Kelly Cards - County Cavan
Kelly Cards have recently launched a new range of black and white cards entitled "Lost Moments". A slightly humorous and nostalgic range of Ireland through the years sourced from the National archives of Ireland. From this range we sae 'The Happy Couple' taken in County Leitrim in the 1920's and it invoked so many feelings and thoughts in us - sympathy, gratitude for what we have in today's world.