Artists Eye: The Quilt of Ireland
Jan11

Artists Eye: The Quilt of Ireland

Conor Murphy loves the land and seascape of Ireland and some of life’s little pleasures. The Cork-born artist now lives in the U.S., but returns to his native land each year. Much of his work is in Impasto which is a technique that uses thick layers of paint. This style emphasizes the rich texture of the Irish landscape, especially the rugged West Coast of Ireland. Quilt of Ireland by Conor Murphy –...

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Celtic Knotwork Plate Shard Jewelry Giveaway
Dec11

Celtic Knotwork Plate Shard Jewelry Giveaway

It’s the giveaway season here at the Irish Fireside, and it’s been a tradition for me to add a piece of my shard jewelry to the gift-giving festivities. Usually, I offer a broken piece of Irish Belleek that I transform into jewelry, but this year I’m breaking from tradition. For 2012, I’ve got a gorgeous piece with Celtic knotwork that is based on the Book of Iona (from what is believed to be the same library...

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A Wee Bit of Irish at Chicago’s One of a Kind Show
Dec07

A Wee Bit of Irish at Chicago’s One of a Kind Show

We’re hanging out in Chicago this weekend at the One of a Kind Show and Sale and couldn’t resist sharing a few of our favorite Irish-themed artisans. If you’re around the Windy City this weekend, take an afternoon and stop by the Merchandise Mart for this enormous show of art, craft, design, and products made with care. Download complimentary tickets here! Flaherty’s – The Irish Candy Co. | Booth: 9055...

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The Many Interpretations of the Trinity Knot
Dec03

The Many Interpretations of the Trinity Knot

The history and meaning of the trinity knot is often debated, especially since it holds meaning for both Christians and non-Christians alike. The trinity knot is also called a triquetra. Christians believe that the three points of the Irish trinity knot represent the three elements of the holy trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Pagans (with related beliefs to the Celts) see the trinity knot as a representation of the...

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Introducing Our New Celtic Jewelry
Nov25

Introducing Our New Celtic Jewelry

Last March, Liam and I unveiled a line of handmade charms that were only available on the Irish Fireside… and they sold out very quickly. For the holiday season, we wanted to offer another affordable, handcrafted item to our friends. Finding the Right Artisans To achieve this, we teamed up with Brian and Katie from Earthen Craft Pottery to launch a beautiful line of Celtic-inspired pendants and earrings. Each piece features one...

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Artists Eye: Heading Into Town
Oct19

Artists Eye: Heading Into Town

Heading Into Town by John O’Grady – www.johnogradypaintings.com John O’Grady is an Irish artist living and working in France. His Irish landscapes represent places, times and moods experienced whilst living there. When describing this oil painting on panel, John says, “The West of Ireland has big open skies, looking out onto the Atlantic. Small villages are dotted across the mountainous landscape and if...

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