Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Chladdagh - Irish Folklore

'Claddagh' refers to a small fishing village in Ireland’s County Galway that the emblem was named after. The village has since become an extension of the city of Galway itself, but the message paired with its name has lived on for years after.
The Claddagh is a symbol featuring a heart which is supported by two opened hands and adorns a crown.

According to, the design symbolizes Love, as indicated by the heart, Loyalty & Fidelity, shown with a crown, and Friendship & Faith, as marked by the pair of hands. Jewelry adorned with the symbol is popular amongst those with Irish descent and is often given as a symbol of friendship or embellished on wedding rings.

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