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Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Arts & Crafts, Headlines | 92 comments

Broken Irish Dishes Turned into Beautiful Keepsake Gifts… our latest giveaway


In case you didn’t know, Liam has gotten quite a reputation for crafting broken dishes into wearable art… and this year he’s giving away a piece to one of our blog readers. The winner will choose either a piece of Royal Tara china in the Royal Treasure pattern that was originally from County Galway OR a piece of Irish Belleek with a holly and berry design that was made in County Fermanagh (the pieces above are examples of what the winner can select).

To enter, just use the comments below to offer your fellow Irish Firesiders a holiday wish of some sort… something upbeat, positive, and maybe even a bit Irish :) — A winner will be randomly selected on December 19th.


See more of Liam’s work at… click the “Irish pieces” tab to see shards that are from Ireland or have Irish themes.


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  1. Merry Christmas! After my first trip to Ireland in 2011 I love all things and all people Irish! May your holidays be bright and blessed!

    • May the road rise up to meet you and may the wind be at your back! Top of the morning to all my family and friends! Hope peace love.

    • A Merry Christmas to all, hoping to make a return visit to this beautiful country of my ancestors in 2014.

  2. “May the Blessings of Christmas be with you,
    May the Christ Child light your way,
    May God’s holy angels guide you,
    And keep you safe each day.”

  3. May the Blessings of Christmas be with you,
    May the Christ Child light your way,
    May God’s holy angels guide you,
    And keep you safe each day.
    Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and a blessed new year.

  4. Nollaig Shona to all my friends both near and far
    You are both loved and missed no matter where you are
    All good things come to an end as does this year too
    But all things become refreshed as the Year dawns New
    May you be surrounded by all those who love and cheer you
    And may the New Year arrive with all those you wish near you!

  5. A Christmas wish-
    May you never forget
    what is worth remembering
    or remember
    what is best forgotten.

  6. I have fortunate to have visited Ireland twice, the last in the spring of 2012..& was there for two weeks. I would love to be able to spend Christmas in Ireland . I would like to wish the wonderful people of Ireland a beautiful ,loving & joyous Christmas & a very happy New Year.
    By the way, Your use of the broken Irish dishes is unique & beautiful.

  7. Merry Christmas to all – Nollaig Shona! I first visited Ireland in 2009, and never thought I’d be able to return. My mother passed away in September of this year, and I know she’d have wanted me to use some of the money she left me to go back and visit the “home of my heart.” So for 2014, health, happiness, peace, love and joy…and a return to Ireland!

  8. A very merry holiday season to each of you, and best wishes for a wonderful new year. May it be filled with health, happiness, good friends, new adventures, and plenty of travel. Nollaig Shona!

  9. Cozy up next to the fire with a cup of tea (or maybe a wee dram), a good book, and a sleepy puppy ……and let it snow! Warmest holiday wishes to al Firesiders — Happy Yule!

  10. May all of your good deeds of the season be 2 steps ahead of the mischeivious wee people. Santa knows who’s naughty or nice!

    All the best to all of humankind in 2014!

  11. Forget not the reason for the season,
    Open your hearts to His touch,
    Jesus came as a babe for a reason ~
    God loves you so very, very much!

  12. There’s no fireside like your own fireside this holiday season.

  13. Merry Christmas! Beautiful jewelry.

  14. May you all have a very blessed Christmas.

  15. “May peace and plenty be the first
    To lift the latch on your door,
    And happiness be guided to your home,
    By the candle of Christmas.”

  16. Beannachtaí na Nollag agat to lovers of Ireland everywhere!

    And Go mbeire muid beo ar an am seo arís! For a chance to win in ’14!

  17. A very merry Christmas and the happiest new year and the best of health!!! The shards are outstanding!

  18. An Irish Christmas Blessing

    May your neighbor respect you,
    Trouble neglect you,
    The angels protect you,
    And Heaven accept you.

  19. Happy Christmas
    Nollaig shona duit

    Peace be with you
    Síochán leat

  20. Wishing you a Christmas in Killarney, or at least several replays of the song.

  21. May we all realize the true meaning of Christmas: love, joy, family and the Birth of the Christ Child. God Bless us all and Merry Christmas

  22. Our in laws are of Irish descent and very involved in the Oklahoma City Irish community, so I am always searching for something beautiful and unusual for their gifts. Needless to say, I turn to Liam and Irish Fireside as my resource! I am NEVER disappointed, and never have to look further.

    One of the luckiest days of my life was the day I met Liam at the Oklahoma City Arts Festival at his first appearance there. My life has truly been blessed by his talent, and I consider him a special friend as he has had such a positive impact on those I love with his beautiful art.

    Merry Christmas, Liam!

    • wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas and good wishes for the new year

  23. Maybe the blessings that everyone wishes at Christmas be spread out for the entire year. A smile and a hug are a very dear thing and appreciated by most.

    Blessings to everyone and Merry Christmas..!!!

  24. Merry Christmas to All! May you and your family be afforded the time to relax this holiday season and enjoy the small things in life, as they are what is most important in the end.

  25. The light of the Christmas star to you, The warmth of home and hearth
    to you, The cheer and good will of friends to you, The hope of a
    childlike heart to you, The joy of a thousand angels to you, The love
    of the Son and God’s peace to you. Blessing to all my friends near and far.
    Merry Christmas Lynda

  26. I wish all of the wonderful people a blessed and safe Christmas. May the warmth that I felt from each of you that I met in Ireland spread over each of you and keep you toasty. Merry Christmas!

  27. A blessed holiday wish to everyone…..will be back in Ireland for St.Patricks Day 2014…..cant wait!

  28. Merry Christmas to all.
    May you be blessed
    With the spirit of the season, which is peace,
    The gladness of the season, which is hope,
    And the heart of the season, which is love.

  29. I am sure there is nothing like a Christmas in Ireland. Maybe that will be the third trip but until then Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Maybe a Irish year

  30. May your Christmas be jolly and may peace and joy be yours in the new year!

  31. A very Merry Christmas, and a glorious New Year, to one and all!

  32. Merry Christmas and happy new year. Here’s hoping that 2014 brings us back to Ireland!

  33. Happy holidays to all.

  34. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all! May you have a wonderful and exciting holiday season with all of your family and friends.

  35. Happy Christmas to everyone, on both sides of the pond. Wishing you all love, light, joy, and peace during this holiday season.

  36. Merry Christmas to you all near and far. May this Christmas bring warmth and cheer to your hearts and remind you you are blessed to have so many friends and family near and far. Near and far our thoughts travel as we watch and learn of the year past and the year to come. Near and far may we all love and share a warm toast and a hearty laugh. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all, family and friend, near and far.

  37. May you all have a blessed Happy Christmas

  38. Nollaig Shona, Happy Christmas! May these long, cold nights be filled with friends and family, laughter and lights. Let’s get together this year and talk about Ireland. :~)

  39. At this darkest time of the year, may the light from your inner self cast a glow upon those you love. Merry Christmas, friends!

  40. Merry Christmas!! Loving the podcast and reliving my vacation.

  41. May peace and plenty be the first
    To lift the latch to your door,
    And happiness be guided to your home
    By the candle of Christmas.

    Happy Christmas to you all!

  42. May you be as contented as Christmas finds you,
    All the year round.

  43. Best wishes for a joyful Christmas and a creative New Year!Wearing my holiday pin to the Nutcracker tomorrow night! Love your work!

  44. A Merry Christmas. We were fortunate to visit Ireland in 04 and 07. I would love to be there at Christmas.

  45. Nollaig shona agus athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh! I hope you all have a very merry and blessed Christmas and a wonderful year to come. :)

  46. Twas the night before Christmas and all through the studio
    The jewelry was beautiful..we know its what YOU do
    So we’re nestled in our beds safe for the night
    Waiting for Santa – oh what a sight!
    Hoping he’ll drop your jewelry under our tree
    Oh…how happy…how happy we would be !

  47. Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Daoibh
    (Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to you all) :-)

    When I was small, we used to call bits of broken dishes “chainies”. It’s love to see “chainie craft” producing such wonderful keepsakes :-)

  48. Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Dhuit.

    I dream of visiting you with my family someday and having you share Ireland with us.


  49. Lovely to see heritage pieces like Beleek and Tara turned into something even more beautiful…the Tara ring is just gorgeous :-)

    Beannachtaí Séasúir do gach duine – Seasons Greetings to everyone!

  50. Christmas Blessings!

  51. Wishing all the Irish Firesiders an amazing holiday season filled with the things that matter…which aren’t really things at all! May you treasure the time you spend with family & friends & may we all have a chance to visit Ireland in 2014 or the near future!

  52. Bless your little Irish heart and every other Irish part!

  53. Love the beautiful Kells design!

  54. I am also of Irish descent and have been to Ireland twice, and hope to visit again for an extended stay!! Your Shard jewelry is beautiful….I first saw it at your first showing at the Oklahoma City Arts Festival, and saw you the next year as well…it truly is beautiful and so very unique. Merry Christmas to all in Ireland!

  55. Ah, poetry and lovely words in the Irish language….I will simply express my love for anything Irish and anything so wonderful as these beautiful pieces that Liam designs *I own one of his St. Brigid of Ireland pendants* and am a lover of beach glass and all things Irish…

    I wish everyone a blessed holiday season, and will be thinking of my ancestral homeland, where I left a piece of my heart when I journeyed there in March, 2012…

    Merry Christmas to everyone… and sure, won’t Herself wish all a Nollaig Shona Duit, then! ;)

  56. Love all the artistic talent that Ireland has.
    Visiting your fine country in 2014 and want to bring back a
    bit of your culture and talent…what to get!

  57. Happy Christmas! May you remember the reason for the season!

  58. Merry Christmas Firesiders of the Irish variety!!

  59. Nollaig Shona to all!

  60. “May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.”
    Visited Arranmore Island, Killybegs and Donegal in 2009 for our 30th wedding anniversary. Hope to return someday. Merry Christmas!

  61. May the most you wish for
    Be the least you get…

    Merry Christmas

  62. Happy Christmas, Irish Fireside! Wishing you peace and happiness this holiday season and may your new year be filled with great craic.

    Nollaig shona.

  63. When the stress of the day hardens your heart, remember to be kind and forgiving.
    May you feel the warmth of God’s grace like a
    child safely wrapped in the arms of its mother.
    May Christmas keep you healthy and happy so that you can share your smile with all you meet.
    And may you be lucky enough to see the sun rise o’er the banks of the River Shannon.

  64. For each petal on the shamrock this brings a wish your way- good health, good luck and happiness for today and every day.
    Nollaig shona dhuit!

  65. May the most you hope for
    be the the least you get…..

  66. May Christ the babe be with ye,
    And may Santa’s belly fit down yer chimney.


  67. To all fellow Irish Firesiders a huge G’day from me here in Australia. I hope you all have a safe, happy and fun Christmas. May you all be surrounded by loved ones and friends and, if that’s not possible, know that we’re all friends here on Irish Fireside and we’re with you in spirit. Although I’m in Australia my heart is in Ireland…in my opinion the best place to spend Christmas…so what more can I say but Nollaig Shona Duit and many thanks to Corey and Liam for bringing us all together :)

  68. May a cup of tea be waiting at each stop you make.

  69. To Liam and all of you on the Great Emerald Isle, the beautiful land of our ancestors;
    To faeries and forests
    and castles and glens,
    to poets & writers of Irish legends,
    To all a Blessed Christmas and a Craic New Year!

  70. May you all have a wonderful & blessed Christmas holiday with friends and family. Nollaig Shona!!

  71. May all your Christmas dreams come true!!!

  72. May God grant you:
    for every storm, a rainbow
    for every tear, a smile
    for every care, a promise
    and a blessing in every trial
    for every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share
    for every sign, a sweet song
    and an answer for every prayer.

    Merry Christmas!

  73. May the remembrance of Jesus’s birth fill you with the same joy and hope of the very first Christmas.

  74. I was pleasantly surprised to find out today that I was a winner of one of the beautiful celtic ornaments. (Please don’t enter my name for this giveaway, as I have already been a winner!)
    I just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you so much to Corey and Liam, and to wish them, and all of my sister and brother Irish Firesiders:
    A Nollag An-bheannaigh do gach!
    A Very Blessed Christmas to all!

  75. Nollaig Shona! May you all enjoy peace and happiness in the new year.

  76. Happy Christmas! Especially to our family in Tullamore!

  77. Nollaig Shona! May God light your Christmas and your life with hope, joy, faith, family and love!

  78. Happy Christmas and a Very Merry New Year to my friends in the states and across the pond! Slainte!

  79. My daughter, Clara McKenzie, bought me a BEAUTIFUL shard at our summer Arts Festival! This was the first stop at the festival we made because she remembered how my BEAUTIFUL mom, Cindi, wanted to buy me one a couple of years ago before she passed away and was too sick with Cancer during her last year with us. This was my early Birthday gift:0)
    Merry Christmas to all!
    An Irish Christmas Blessing
    The light of the Christmas Star to you
    The warmth of home and hearth to you
    The cheer and goodwill of friends to you
    The hope of childlike heart to you
    The love of the Son and GOD’S PEACE TO YOU
    Hugs from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  80. It’s all too easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

  81. May the wild things of the mountains and woods keep you company and remind you that we are all creatures of God.

  82. Merry Christmas, May peace and joy be with you all!

  83. I cannot claim a drop of Irish blood but in my dreams, I’m often living in 1800’s Ireland. Quite a feat for a descendent of German Mennonites!! Visiting Ireland is one of my greatest wishes.

    May all of us be blessed this Christmas season!

  84. May your Christmas be filled with love and happiness and if are really lucky a trip to the Emerald Isle. Merry Christmas to all.

  85. Merry Christmas to all my friends and family – and all my Irish cousins. I will be toasting Christmas with a wee bit of Irish Whiskey – and wishing I were there.

  86. Nollaig shona dhuit! Looking forward to seeing this beautiful country one day!

  87. Happy Christmas, God Bless us all!

  88. May you always remember the spirit off the season and may it always hold a little magic for you & yours!

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