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All About Claddagh Rings

With hands outstretched, grasps tiny but unbreakable on a tenderly shimmering heart, a powerful crown adorning the fixture and oozing strength, the Claddagh Ring – whether nestled snugly on the fingers of married couples, hanging loosely and stylishly off the digits of those still looking for love, worn tilted towards the body or away – is an instantly recognizable Irish icon and a centuries-old symbol of love, friendship and loyalty. From a land of myths and magic, beauty and art, whimsy and soul, the Claddagh Ring – beautiful and intricate, but just a ring nevertheless – has managed to capture
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The Perfect Gifts for Mother’s Day

If you’re looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift, you’ve come to the right place! We offer an extensive line of fine jewelry crafted by Solvar of Ireland, nature-inspired fragrances, unique gifts for the home and more. Show Mom just how special she is by giving her one of our hand-picked gift selections: Celtic Jewelry A pair earrings, necklace or bracelet from our collection will remind Mom of how much she is cherished each time she wears it. Each piece is crafted in Ireland and pays tribute to her Irish heritage. She’s sure to love these stunning Trinity Knot Diamond
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Everything you need to know about St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day began as a Christian feast day in early 17th-century Ireland and has morphed into an unlikely international phenomenon. Now every year on March 17, the Irish people and their fans celebrate the holiday across the world with parades, dancing, beer, corned beef & cabbage, and all green everything. Read on for a brief history, fun facts, traditions & tips of our favourite holiday! THE MAN BEHIND IT ALL Much is mysterious about the namesake Saint Patrick, but we do know he came to Ireland as a young Roman slave in the early 5th century and (when freed)
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FLAT CAPS 101: A BRIEF HISTORY

  (also known as a: golf cap, driving cap, cabbie cap, longshoreman’s cap, ivy cap, duffer cap, bicycle cap, Irish cap, newsboy caps, duckbill cap, apple caps, cheese cutter, bunnet, or a Paddy cap – the list goes on!) “A cloth cap is assumed in folk mythology to represent working class, but it also denotes upper class affecting casualness. So it is undoubtedly classless, and there lies its strength. A toff can be a bit of a chap as well without, as it were, losing face.” – Geoffrey Mather     Flat and newsboy caps have been around forever; they
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Irish Weddings

  Marriage in early Ireland was a lot more freewheeling than you might think. Until the Normans arrived in the 12th century, Irish couples could marry for a one year trial period, and could easily divorce or separate afterwards as well. Despite the patriarchal society, wives could own property independent of their husbands, and it was common for priests or monks to have wives.   Many of the old Irish wedding traditions that persist to this day have roots in this time. If you’re getting married and want to incorporate some Irish history and ancient ritual into your ceremony, it
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SHOPPING FOR HER: An Irish holiday gift guide for all the great women in your life.

Whether your winter holiday tradition revolves around Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, or pagan rites, gift-giving is truly a universal religion. We’ve done a round-up of some of our very favorite things here at Shamrock Gift to expedite your shopping list. Whether you’re looking for something romantic, something platonic, something more religious, something more frivolous, here’s a round-up of some of the best Irish brands in the business, all on sale for the holidays. We’ve tried to get something for everyone here, from the smallest of stocking stuffers to the more elaborate sort. 1) Something for your mom There’s truly nothing that
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