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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The Irish Fireside Holiday Gift Guide
Nov28

The Irish Fireside Holiday Gift Guide

Find something for everyone on your list with Ireland-inspired ideas from our Holiday Gift Guide! We’re always on the hunt for talented artisans and dedicated small businesses to feature in our annual Gift Guide. Each item on the list is available for online shopping, so enjoy a bit of e-browsing. Do you have a gift idea of your own? You are welcome to add yours in the comments section below… and you can bet we’ll be...

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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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History of the Claddagh Ring
Nov22

History of the Claddagh Ring

Celtic jewelry designs are cherished by many, but there is none more recognizable than the Claddagh ring. Claddagh is the name of a small fishing village just near Galway city in Ireland; the Claddagh ring supposedly originated in this area. The Celtic Claddagh ring has three main elements – a heart, which is clasped by a pair of hands which, in turn, has crown above it. The hands signify friendship, the heart embodies love, and...

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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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Figuring Out What to Wear In Ireland
Sep25

Figuring Out What to Wear In Ireland

Knowing what to wear when you travel to another country is sometimes tricky. Dublin-based blogger Emily Westbrooks is attempting to make packing for your trip to Ireland a little easier. Her new series, Styled in Ireland, runs on her blog From China Village every few weeks. In it she explains how to stay stylish, no matter what you’re up to on your trip to Ireland – from attending a wedding to spending the evening at the...

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