Ernest Shackleton, born in Ireland in 1874, was one of the world’s greatest polar explorers, renowned for his doomed Trans-Antarctic Expedition from 1914-1917.
February 1 is the feast day of Ireland’s lesser-known patron saint, St. Brigid, who wove a unique Celtic cross from rushes and convinced a dying Gaelic chieftain to convert to Christianity.
Amethyst has been prized for centuries for its brilliant purple and lilac hues, reflecting the color of royalty and wine, It was often even considered a hangover cure.
Kelly is an anglicization of the Irish name O’Ceallaigh, which means “descendent of Ceallach” or “warrior.” Wherever the Irish have gone, Kellys have been there.
Ireland has some of the best love stories of ancient mythology, but be forewarned, not all of them end in happiness.
The triskelion is Ireland’s oldest symbol, signifying the many cyclical triplicities in Celtic belief and life including life, death, and rebirth.