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Everything you need to know about Newgrange

Newgrange is one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions, welcoming around 200,000 visitors every year. For most Irish people however, Newgrange is a place we learn about during countless history lessons but never actually bother to visit. Having explored it ourselves last year, we can guarantee that it’s worth the trip into the heart of […]

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How I Designed our New Double Torc Necklace

This week amongst other things I have been working on some new designs in our silversmith workshop in County Cork. One of my designs which I have updated recently is this Celtic Torc Necklace . So I thought it would be nice to share a photo taken by local newspaper Cork News of me wearing this piece.  It’s one of […]

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More Irish Terms of Endearment

Some people are surprised to find that Ireland actually has two national languages; English and Irish, or Gaelic (and Gaeilge) as it is also known. While English is the primary language for the majority of the island, there are still some small areas that speak Irish exclusively – known as the ‘Gaeltacht’. There is also […]

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Bet you didn’t know they were Irish

For such a small country, Ireland has produced an enormous amount of talented people who’ve become very well known not only within their fields, but throughout the world. It’s not just writers and musicians either – although there are plenty of those, of course! We’ve got our fair share of expert scientists and politicians too, […]

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More Irish Phrases and Proverbs

Last week my mother in law was staying with us and we were talking about old Irish phrases and proverbs you don’t hear anymore. These are known in Irish as seanfhocails. Which literally means ‘old words’. I’m sure when you read the list I’ve compiled below you’ll have lots more to add as many seanfhocails […]

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What should you do with Antique Jewellery?

Every family has heirlooms of some sort that are passed down through generations. It could be furniture, art, or precious photographs that older generations passed on to younger ones to preserve the family’s legacy and – in older times particularly – to keep wealth in the family. These days, jewellery is probably one of the […]

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Irish Wedding Vows

  An Irish wedding is very similar to US and UK weddings. The bride wears a white dress, there’s always cake, and it’s an all-day affair full of music, food and celebrations. Many of the traditions are the same too. The exchange of wedding rings, throwing the bouquet, bridesmaids and groomsmen, and so on.   […]

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A Complete Guide to Irish Blessings

Throughout history, Ireland has always had a strong (if sometimes complicated) relationship with religion. Until relatively recently the church had a large influence over many aspects of Irish life. Even our most popular national holiday, St. Patrick’s Day, is in honour of the man who brought Christianity to Ireland all the way back to the […]

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