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The Meaning of the Claddagh

Colleen Berry Conway Claddagh Claddagh ring Friendship Irish Wedding Love Loyalty

The Claddagh is one of Ireland’s most recognized and precious images. Two hands embracing a heart adorned with a crown symbolize the purity of a cherished relationship – friendship (cairdeas), love (grá) and loyalty (dílseacht). Here we explore the origins of the design and how it is still honored more than 300 years after its creation. Between the River Corrib & Galway Bay When we hear “Claddagh”, we think ring. But Claddagh is actually a place in County Galway where a fisherman-turned-goldsmith transformed his undying commitment to the woman he loved into the renowned band of gold. (Or so the...

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