Irish Traditions

Celtic Cat Pendant | Celtic Cat | Cat Jewelry | Cait Sidhe

The legend of the Celtic cat.  In Celtic folklore there is a magical set of cats or “fairy cats”. In Scotland they are known as the cait sith. In Ireland they are called cait sidhe. Whether Gaelic or Scotch Gaelic they are both pronounced as “caught shee”. The cait sidhe aren’t your ordinary felines, they are thought as fairies, even witches, and as spirit creatures that merely take the form of a cat. Those that have seen them describe them as being unusually large, all black cats with a spot of white fur on their chest. Generally, the cait sidhe is viewed as fearsome and was used as a symbol by Celtic warriors.

Our Celtic Cat Pendant is absolutely purrrr-fect! This beautifully diamond accented celtic_cat_pendant_2aaCeltic Cat Pendant with black enamel pays tribute to the cait sidhe. The cait sidhe is a mythical fairy creature in Scottish and Irish folklore.

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Irish Marriage Blessing | Irish Blessings for Marriage

May God be with you and bless you. May you see your children’s children. May you be poor in misfortunes and rich in blessings. May you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.

Irish Marriage Blessing

Our Irish Marriage Blessing Ornament id the perfect holiday addition to any newly weds, or newly engaged couples’ decor. Shop Now>

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Hibernia Celtic Fragrances

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The Hibernia range of fine fragrances were designed to capture the essence of the Celtic Woman.

Each unique fragrance embodies a different aspect of the female Celtic character – passion, charm & spirit. Presented in a beautiful Celtic inspired bottle, containing 50ml of divine bespoke scent, these fragrances are the perfect treat for any Celtic woman & make an extremely desirable gift. They are made in Ireland using the highest quality ingredients.

 

Hibernia_Spirit_680_x_749Celtic Spirit

This is the fragrance for a woman who has a Celtic sense of adventure & is always excited by the journey. A woman who has an energetic, optimistic spirit & makes the most of life. The light fresh fragrance combines zesty citrus top notes with a heart of sweet floral magnolia, fig & invigorating green tea.  Shop Now>

 

Celtic Charm

This is the fragrance for a woman who embodies the Celtic sense of welcoming. She is a loyaHibernia_Charm_680_x_749l woman with a warm, kind heart who values family and friends above all else. This elegant, floral fragrance delicately blends the powdery notes of jasmine with rose & soft white petals, on a subtle base of vanilla & sandalwood. Shop Now>

 

Celtic Passion

Celtic Passion is the fragrance for a woman with an intense Celtic passion for life & love. She is creative, vibrant & confident with an active & inspiring imagination. This seductive fragrance combines the intoxicating aura of neroli blossoHibernia_Passion_680_x_749m & sweet summer florals with a hint of spicy pink pepper & woody base notes.  Shop Now>

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Claddagh | Claddagh Jewelry | Claddagh Jewelry for Women & Men | Irish Claddagh Jewelry

Irish or not, if you want to give a token of your friendship, love and loyalty that has meaning, then the Claddagh may be the choice for you. Claddagh jewelry dates all the way back to the 17th century and their meaning hasn’t changed much since then. Claddagh jewelry designs are one of the most distinguished and original styles of Irish birthstone_claddagh_ring_irsh_80462_sterling_silver_1jewelry with symbolic importance to Irish culture. The Claddagh has come to be a famous symbol of Ireland and of love worldwide.
The Irish Claddagh, pronounced [klah-duh] is called a fáinne Chladaigh in Irish. The traditional Irish Claddagh ring is a symbol of friendship, love and loyalty. The hands of the claddagh ring stand for friendship. The heart of the claddadgh ring stands for love and the crown is a symbol of loyalty. The Claddagh has actually been worn since Roman times! The beautiful meaning of the claddagh ring has made the claddagh ring a celebrated romantic gift for people of all nationalities. But none can argue that the claddagh ring holds a rather special meaning to those romantics of Irish heritage.

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Blackthorn Walking Sticks | Imported Blackthorn Walking Sticks

Our Blackthorn Walking Stick is a handsome cane worthy of being a family heirloom. Blackthorn bushes are found throughout Ireland though with modern agricultural methods they are becoming less prevalent making a Blackthorn Stick even more unique. Blackthorn is renowned for its hardness being one of the tougher woods in the wild. It blackthornsticks-150has been prized for centuries as a material primarily for premium walking sticks. The original Blackthorn sticks were 1 to 2 foot long Irish shillelaghs (the national weapon of rural Ireland). A good Donnybrook would not have been complete without a handy Blackthorn Stick on your side. In expert hands the shillelagh was so fearsome it is said that the English outlawed it. To get around the law, the Irish took cuttings from the Blackthorn Bush that turned the original shillelagh into a 3-foot walking stick. As a result the Irish kept their modified shillelaghs and the world gained a beautiful and functional walking stick known simply as the Irish Blackthorn. These sticks have a smooth black painted finish and a handle at about a 30 degree angle.

 

 

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Celtic Dragonfly Pendant

Our Celtic Dragonfly Pendant is a totem that channels the wisdom of metamorphosis and adaptability in life.

The dragonfly symbolizes change in self realization, emotional maturity and the K6044 celtic dragon fly pendant 062261 - 79understanding of the deeper meaning of life.

 

  • Celtic Dragonfly Pendant is sterling silver with rhodium.
  • It has a 7×5 oval bezel set cz amethyst.
  • It measures approximately 33mm.
  • Comes on an 18 in silver chain.

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Halloween, Interesting Stories, Irish Traditions

IRISH HALLOWEEN TRADITION – BARMBRACK

There are many Irish Halloween traditions in Ireland. One of my favorites is barmbrack.
Barmbrack is at the very core of the Irish Halloween traditions. The Halloween Brack, much like Christmas pudding traditionally contained various objects baked into the sweet bread. These various items were used as fortune-telling. In the barmbrack items like a pea, a stick, a piece of cloth, a small coin (originally a silver sixpence) and a ring were traditionally used. When an item is received in the slice, had a meaning for that person. For instance if you got the pea, the person would not marry that year, the stick, you’ll have an unhappy marriage , the cloth or rag meant bad luck or you’ll be poor; the coin of course meant you’ll have good fortune or be rich and the ring, meant you would be wed within the year. Other items also added to the brack were medals, usually of the Virgin Mary to symbolize going into the priesthood or becoming a nun, although this tradition isn’t very popular today.

Recipe
INGREDIENTS

1 teaspoon dry active yeast
⅔ cup/158 milliliters lightly warmed milk
1 egg, beaten
1 ⅔ cups/214 grams all-purpose flour, plus flour for dusting
¼ teaspoon cinnamon 12002851_1068039236547381_8260594681565605031_n
¼ teaspoon clove
¼ teaspoon mace ( Mace is made from the lacy, red outer coating that covers the shell around the nutmeg kernel. )
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons/28 grams unsalted butter, softened, more for greasing pan
¼ cup/50 grams granulated sugar
½ cup/75 grams golden raisins
½ cup/75 grams black raisins
½ cup/75 grams currants
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon grated orange zest

In a small bowl, whisk the yeast and milk together. Leave it to bubble slowly in a warm spot 10 minutes, then whisk in the beaten egg.
In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, put the flour, cinnamon, clove, mace, salt, butter and sugar. Mix well, incorporating butter with fingertips (or paddle, if using mixer) until absorbed.
Pour the yeast-milk-egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon (or dough hook, with mixer).
When the dough begins to come together, add the raisins, currants, lemon zest and orange zest, then mix to combine. It will be somewhat sticky dough. Dust lightly with flour, turn out onto a floured surface and knead for a few minutes until the dough feels smooth. Pat dough into a rectangle.
Butter a loaf pan and lay in the dough, pushing down so dough covers bottom of pan. Stretch plastic wrap loosely over pan and put in a warm place, covered with a kitchen towel, for about an hour, until doubled in size. Uncover.
Heat oven to 350 degrees and center a rack in the oven. Bake loaf on the centered rack for 45 minutes, until well browned. Carefully tip the loaf out of the pan onto a cooling rack. To tell whether it’s done, thump the bottom of the loaf with your fingertips; it should sound hollow. Let cool to room temperature before slicing, if possible. ( NYT recipe)

 

Happy Halloween!

To wish someone a happy Halloween, you can say:

Oíche Shamhna Shona Duit (EE-hyeh HOW-nuh HUN-uh ditch*)

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