Shipwrecked Shards and Southern Hospitality

Last summer, I was asked to serve as Irish tour guide and B&B host to a group of lovely ladies from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. To say we had a great time exploring my little section of Ireland would be an understatement.

Our days were spent seeing the common (Cliffs of Moher, Waterford Crystal, Rock of Cashel) and the lesser-visited (Annestown beach, The Vee Pass, mass at a Holy Well, a session at Jim O’ the Mill)… and of course I “had” to introduce them to various Irish beverages as well.

Well, the ladies have insisted they get a chance to return my Irish hospitality with a bit of their Southern hospitality. So next week, Corey and I are making our way to Louisiana to take them up on the offer. I’m not sure what to expect, but there have been whispers of plantation tours and Cajun cooking… and with Carla, Beverly, and Rene in the mix, as well as Jim, Emily, and Jackie (three other Baton Rouge guests) involved, it’s sure to be grand.

The Ladies from Louisiana: at the half-door of my cottage, at the new Waterford Crystal Factory, and at a Mass at a Holy Well on Lough Derg.


A sampling of pendants made from Irish chanies.

Shipwrecked Shards Debut

As part of the visit, the women have organized a special showing for my shard jewelry. For the event, I wanted to do something very unique and Irish-themed, so I dug into my secret stash of shards. From that, I selected my favorite Irish “chanies” — those are pieces I found on the beach in County Waterford, Ireland… many of them come from English ships that wrecked in the Irish Sea. The result is a gorgeous collection of pins and pendants dating back to the 18th and 19th Centuries.

Made from a shell and a piece of a Virgin Mary statue I recovered on the beaches of Ireland.

If you are in the area, you can come down to Gabriella Rothschild’s in Baton Rouge (if you make it, be sure to let us know you’re from the Irish Fireside!), or if you can’t get to Louisiana, you can take a peek in my online store.

The most unique piece is made from a porcelain Virgin Mary statue I found at Annestown Beach in County Waterford. While I was in Ireland, I thought long and hard about what to do with the little figure. Inspiration struck when I found an oddly-shaped oyster shell on Brittas Bay in County Dublin. Combining the two, I created my own version of an Irish Marian shrine… it’s truly a one-of-a-kind.

Check out the Irish “chanie” jewelry >>


Author: Liam

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  1. And so your awesome adventure continues! What unique pieces you’ve created for the showing!

    My favorite piece would be the Virgin Mary…It has a unique voice!

    So good to be able to spend some time with the two of you whilst you were in the area. Now I just have to bide time until; next January

    Slan agus Barrogs,


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  2. Dear Friend., Very sorry,but I won,t be able unfortunately to attend the special Irish Jewelry exhibit at Gabriella Rothschild’s in Baton Rouge on the 19th.Toop bad,it looks quite interesting,I must say.Merci beaucoup for the most kind invite,though.Thanks for your precious time,and may God bless you & keep you healthy,Liam. Geh mit Gott,meinen gut Freunden;Vas avec Dieu,mes bon Amis;,Both of these mean:Go with God,my good Friends,Mr.Derlin Gerard Clair,131 Bienville Dr.,Slidell,La.70458 1517,USA

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  3. besides the fact that you are awesome and a GREAT host, i am so pleased to see of your friendship and show down south! can’t wait for the report back!

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  4. Thanks for visiting the store today guys, it must’ve been my annoyance at having no biscuits for the tae…but how could I NOT have got a picture with you, guess this means I have to go to Milwaukee !
    THanks for finding CONVOY! I am very impressed

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