Monthly Archives October 2015

The Claddagh Origin and a Good Luck Gift.

Irish heritage and culture is rich with history, tradition, and folklore. The reverence for their roots is what has created and spread a distinguishable Irish spirit. The Claddagh ring, which originated about 300 years ago, is only one example of how their present is based on their past.             The Claddagh ring , also known as a “friendship ring” or “faith ring” is an Irish birthstone or wedding ring. Its unique design features a crown atop two hands holding a birthstone heart symbolizing, “The hands are for friendship the heart is for love and the crown is for loyalty held high above.”             There are
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Traditional Dress of Ireland in the 1800’s

The traditional dress of Ireland during the early days was inspired by the Gaelic and Norse costumes. It consisted of check trews for men worn with a fringed cloak or mantle, or a short tunic for both men and women worn with a fringed cloak. Although the people of Ireland do not strictly wear their traditional costume, yet it has retained its importance through folk music and folk dance. The traditional style of Irish dressing was prohibited in the 16th century AD under sumptuary laws passed to suppress the distinctive Irish dress as the Irish were reluctance to become part
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Who were the Scot Irish?

The term Scots-Irish is an American term it was given to protestant Presbyterian, Lowland Scots. In native Ireland and England these people were called the Ulster Scots. These people came about in the early 17th Century when James 1st became King of England. One of his main priorities was to civilize what he thought were uncontrollable, autonomous Irish who were Catholic. His plan was to begin an extensive colonization plan where he would move English Protestants, Presbyterian Scots, and even some French and German Protestants into Ireland during the 1600’s. When this started James 1st focused on the Ulster region
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An Irish Immigrants American Dream

I was 19 years old and sitting in a bar with all my friends, but suddenly I felt all alone… I was moving to America tomorrow. All that was going through my mind was why, but I knew I needed to escape Ireland.The small time country life of Ireland had gotten to me. I felt like I was suffocating inside. I needed to get out, and quickly at that. This was my chance. I arrived in the U.S. on a three-month visa waiver, with no job and $450 spending money in my pocket. It was either sink or swim. Everyone in
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