The faith of the children of Lir

Written by Paul Gibney

This haunting story has inspired Celtic jewelry makers for many years now asrepparttar swan theme embodies traditional Celtic designs and Celtic symbols.

A long time ago in ancient Ireland lived an Irish Chieftain named Lir. He was married to Aobh daughter of King Bodhbh (also called Bovrepparttar 135165 Red) of Lough Dergh. They had four beautiful children; Fionnula, Aodh, Fiachra and Conn. Unfortunately Aobh died giving birth and Lir was devastated with grief. When King Bodhbh heard of Lirís loss he offered another one of his daughters to Lir in marriage. Lir choose Aoife as his new wife and stepmother to his children. At first, all when well withrepparttar 135166 marriage, Lir doted on his four children. Soon Aoife became intensely jealous of her stepchildren. She even pretended to be sick for a whole year in order to look for special attention. One day Aoife toldrepparttar 135167 children that they we going with her to visit there Grandfather King Bodhbh, as they had done many times before. Alongrepparttar 135168 way they stopped at Lough Dairbhreach (lake ofrepparttar 135169 oaks) and Aoife orderedrepparttar 135170 children to wash themselves inrepparttar 135171 lough. Once they were inrepparttar 135172 water, Aoife cast a magic spell turningrepparttar 135173 four children of Lir into beautiful white swans. Fionnuala cursed her but implored her to put some limits onrepparttar 135174 spell. Aoife regretting what she had done agreed to allow them keep their beautiful singing voices. Butrepparttar 135175 spell still imposed a harsh sentence onrepparttar 135176 swan children. They were to spend 300 years on Lough Dairbhreach, 300 years inrepparttar 135177 Straits of Moyle andrepparttar 135178 final 300 years at Erris. They spell would only be broken when they heardrepparttar 135179 first bells of Christianity and when a King fromrepparttar 135180 north marries a Princess fromrepparttar 135181 south.

History of the Claddagh rings

Written by Paul Gibney

The Claddagh ring is Irelands most romantic and enduring Celtic jewelry tradition. It is customary forrepparttar ring to be worn as a wedding or engagement ring and then to be handed down from generation to generation. Claddagh itself is one of Irelandís oldest fishing villages just outside Galway City inrepparttar 135164 west of Ireland. Legend has it that one of its residents a Richard Joyce was abducted while out fishing, by Moorish pirates and taken back to Tunisia. There he was to become a slave and learnedrepparttar 135165 craft of a Goldsmith. In 1670 he was released when King William III came torepparttar 135166 throne and concluded an agreement whereby all his subjects who where held captive were allowed to return to their homes. Richard`s former master pleaded with him to stay, marry one of his daughters and inherit half of all his wealth. But all to no avail Richard was returning to his one true Irish love back in Claddagh. When he arrived home he found that his true love was unmarried and still waiting for him. They set up a Goldsmiths store together. Where Richard maderepparttar 135167 first Claddagh rings and used at their own wedding.

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