Story of the Claddagh
The Claddagh design features a heart with a crown on top supported by two hands,symbolising Love ,Loyalty and Friendship.. Richard Joyce designed and crafted the first claddagh ring in the village of Claddagh outside the walls of Galway City,Ireland , some 400 years ago.
If the ring is worn with the the crown turned inwards , it indicates that the heart is not yet occupied. If the ring is worn with the the crown turned outwards , it indicates that the heart is occupied Centuries ago the ring was passed from mother to daughter as a family heirloom , but nowadays it is worn by men and women throughout the world as a sign of love loyalty and friendship.
The harp has long been a symbol of Ireland. Perhaps the legends of it's magical powers comes from the time when the bards would sing and tell stories of famous events to the Irish kings and chiefs.
During the early 1500s, under the rule of Henry VIII, the harp was first depicted on Irish coins. That tradition is carried on today and the harp is also used for other official duties such as the Irish state seal, official documents and uniforms.
The tricolor flag of Ireland was introduced by Thomas Francis Meagher in 1848. The green color represents the Irish people, the orange represents the English supporters of "William of Orange" and the white color represents peace.
Thomas Meagher on the meaning of the Irish flag said, "The white in the center signifies a lasting truce between the Orange and the Green; and I trust that beneath its folds the hands of the Irish Protestant and the Irish Catholic may be clasped in heroic brotherhood."