Lisa and Paul O'Neill of Boru Jewellery - The foothills of the Dublin Mountains.
Boru jewellery is family owned jewellery business nestled in the foothills of the Dublin mountains. It was so obviously to us when we met Lisa and Paul O'Neill that they and their team of skilled craftsmen and stone setters have a huge passion for creating jewellery that is inspired by Irish history, the landscape of Ireland, our amazing culture and unique heritage. We wanted to treat MyIrelandBox subscribers to something that they could treasure forever, that had a true sense of Ireland, that was handcrafted with love and passion in Ireland and that would ensure that each person had this beautiful country close to them whenever it is worn.
As each piece is handmade, we chose four designs to send to different MyIrelandBox subscribers. Each piece bears, in some way, the form of the Trinity Knot, also called a triquetra derived from the Latin for ‘three-cornered’. This symbol is one of the best known Celtic Symbols here in Ireland and indeed in Celtic culture. Whether this famous knot is encompassed in the Claddagh design, alongside a shamrock, or uniquely made on its own, it is often used by talented jewellers across Ireland in their handmade pieces.
Lily Corcoran of Petal to Petal - The beautiful Countryside of West Cork.
We find these cards dreamy! They depict Lily Corcoran's wonderful artwork and portray Ireland in such a simple but beautiful and pretty way. Have you noticed that Lily uses Irish lace as an inspiration in her drawings in particular on this lovely Ireland postcard? We are drawn to the elegance of the patterns and we love how Lily combines the old tradition of lace work in her illustrations and gives it a contemporary twist. We think you will agree that Lily has a unique style and that her attention to fine detail, symmetry and her use of intelligent patterns are evident and wonderful! The bird illustration is beautiful. It immediately reminds us of starlings and of admiring the beauty of these birds with absent friends who have passed on.
Lily lives in the beautiful countryside of West Cork and is inspired by patterns in nature and especially those found in flowers. She particularly loves working in monochrome and concentrating on the shapes and detail of a design. Lily says that she likes to amalgamate the most intriguing detail from a number of different flowers into one representation. For nearly a decade Lily has been refining her unique illustrative style and her original lacing pattern that she calls ‘Flower Bomb’ which she uses in most of her work. Lily's aim is to create beautiful objects and pieces of art that people would love to have in their homes.