Sunday, June 21, 2015

Ireland Trip Part 25: A Look at Galway, Buildings, Story of the Claddagh Ring!

Original makers of the Claddagh Ring in Galway!
This is our  Ireland Trip Part 25:  Galway, Old Buildings, Story of the Claddagh Ring! 

THE CLADDAGH RING ORIGINATED IN GALWAY - Our tour guide told us that the first-ever Claddagh ring was designed and made in Galway. In fact, descendants of the family still make them today.  The exact origin is unknown, but it was one of two ways according to
 Mythic Origin: Margaret Joyce inherited a huge amount of money from her late husband named Domingo de Rona. He was a wealthy Spanish merchant trading with Galway in Ireland. She later married the Mayor of Galway in 1596 (Oliver Og French)and used her inherited wealth to construct many bridges in Connacht. The first Cladagh ring was supposed to be her providential reward and was dropped by an eagle into her lap
Claddagh Ring
Shop of the original family who make the rings
More Likely Origin: A native of Galway by the name of Richard Joyce was captured by the Algerians and sold as a slave to a Moorish goldsmith. Later in 1689 William III of England demanded the release of all British subjects and Richard Joyce was released from slavery, too. The Moorish goldsmith offered Richard Joyce a major portion of his wealth and also his only daughter in marriage, if he agreed to stay in Algiers.  Richard Joyce refused all the tempting offers and returned to his native city with the first Claddagh ring.

Historic building being renovated
MEANING OF "CLADDAGH" - The word Claddagh itself comes from the Irish term 'An Cladach' that means a 'flat stony shore'. This was a pretty and ancient village with winding streets and small thatched roofed mud houses.
wall of an old building in Galway
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THE RING? - The hands of the ring are shown holding the heart and the hands denote friendship and togetherness, the heart itself signifies love and the crown in the claddagh ring stands for loyalty. The Claddagh ring is one of the most popular Irish Wedding Rings.


Buildings in a alleyway circa 1600
This is one shop we WOULD have gone into
HOW IT IS WORN MEANS DIFFERENT THINGS - Worn on the right hand, crown turned inwards, your heart is yet to be occupied.
  Worn on the right hand, crown turned outwards shows a special commitment to someone.
   Worn on the left hand, Crown turned outwards, means "let our love and friendship reign forever, never to be separated." 
 We couldn't find out what it means if worn on the left hand, turned inward.

NEXT: GALWAY'S LAST BLOG: Legend of the Ghostly Hand

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next