The Book of Kells: A Treasure of the Western World

Once described as “the chief treasure of the western world,” the exquisite Book of Kells manuscript is one of Ireland’s greatest artistic contributions to the world. The lavishly decorated Book of Kells was created by highly skilled monks at the height of Ireland’s Golden Age. Easily Ireland’s most famous illuminated manuscript, this magnificent work highlighted…

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Triskele: The Celtic Symbol of Constant Motion

Triskele is derived from the Greek meaning “three-legged”. The Triskele, or Triskelion is a motif comprised of a triple spiral. The spiral design can resemble interlocking Archimediean spirals, or three bent human legs. The Sicily flag includes a Triskele symbol since 1285. The Triskele can also be found throughout the ancient megalithic tomb of Newgrange, built…

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The Delightful and Iconic Shamrock – Not Just for St Patrick’s Day…

– – – – “The shamrock, with its abundant symbolism and delicate, emblematic leaves, provides plentiful design inspiration for craftspeople and jewellery designers”. By Karen Cafferkey On March 17th, cities, towns and villages across Ireland were brimming with flags, bunting and ‘carnival style’ St Patrick’s Day floats featuring the iconic shamrock motif. In fact, not…

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