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  • June 25, 2016 Terry Kast

    Claddagh, a Ring, a City, a Legend.

    ShanOre Claddagh Ring with 10K Gold Heart[/caption] Few symbols are recognizable, more quintessentially Irish than the Claddagh. The hands clasping a crowned heart, symbolize love (the heart), loyalty (the crown), and friendship (the outstretched hands). The Claddagh originates in the...

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  • April 1, 2016 Terry Kast

    Wild Irish Horses: Equestrian Ireland

    Celtic Horse from Book of Kells Courtesy of libraryireland.com[/caption] Horses are important in ancient cultures throughout the world. China, Japan, Great Britain, and of course Ireland and other Celtic cultures have revered the horse for its beauty, grace and usefulness in...

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  • February 26, 2016 Terry Kast

    Trinity knot: Sacred Symbol

    The trinity knot is one of the most used and recognized symbols in Irish and Celtic jewelry, art, and decorations of all kinds. Why is it featured so prominently? Ancient Celts believed that there were three stages of life, three elements, three...

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  • February 22, 2016 Terry Kast

    Newgrange: Mystery and History

    Ireland is well known for its remnants of past societies. Ancient Celtic crosses, stone ruins, pottery, metalwork, and monuments speak of a people whose rich culture and spirituality blossomed in even the harshest of times. Newgrange, located in the Boyne Valley...

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  • February 19, 2016 Terry Kast

    The Flag of Ireland, Three Variations

    Ireland has multiple flags, each with a different meaning and significance. The Tricolor Irish flag, the Gold harp on green background, and the four provinces are especially rich in history and significance. The most recognizable is the Tricolor, with its...

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