Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Salmon of Knowledge - Mystical Irish Legend

Solvar Jewelry has just released their newest necklace adapted from a mystical Irish legend; the 
The Salmon of Knowledge Necklace.
second in this series is the Salmon of Knowledge Necklace that is tailored from the folklore of Finn McCool.  In addition to the majestic salmon the sterling silver pendant boasts gold plated Trinity knots and can be found on the Celtic necklaces page on our site,   Like last year's introduction, the Children of Lir necklace, the Salmon of Knowledge pendant is part of the Fáilte collection.
The Salmon of Knowledge Irish legend is about Fionn Mac Cumhail, (pronounced Finn McCool in English), and how he inadvertently came to acquire the knowledge of the great fish and then become the leader of the ancient Fianna tribe.
The Irish story takes place in the Boyne Valley where McCool meets an aged poet who spent his days fishing the Boyne river.  The poet, whose name is also Fionn, (Fionn or Finn translates to fair in English) happens to know the prophecy of the enchanted salmon and that the first person to taste the fish would be granted all the knowledge in the world.  The poet and McCool become friends, but the poet never shares the prophecy with his young apprentice as he wishes to obtain the power of the salmon for himself.

After many years, the old poet caught the great fish and instructed McCool to cook the fish while he rested.  He further instructed McCool to not so much as taste the fish, the poet must be the first to eat.

McCool was an honorable lad and did as he was instructed, but while cooking a blister formed on the salmons skin that McCool impulsively busted with his right thumb.  In the process McCool burned the tip of his thumb and to ease the pain placed this thumb in his mouth, thus becoming the first person to taste the salmon of knowledge.
The old poet was angry when he found out that McCool has tasted the salmon as his one chance at infinite knowledge had disappeared while he was asleep.  The poet later told McCool about his newly acquired gift.  Finn McCool grew in strength of character, knowledge and acquired advanced skills in the arts and military command; he then become the leader of the ancient Fianna tribe.

We also have Irish legend gifts from Mullingar Pewter that includes the Salmon of Knowledge Goblet, the Salmon of Knowledge tankard and the Salmon of Knowledge whiskey glass; additionally there is also a Children of Lir Goblet, the Children of Lir Tankard and the Children of Lir whiskey glass.

Visit our site or give us a call at The Irish Gift House so that we may assist you with finding the perfect Irish gifts or Celtic jewelry for any occasion; from Irish wedding gifts to Irish Christmas ornaments and decorations, we have it all.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Irish Wedding Traditions Includes Wearing a Kilt!

Formalwear from
Formalwear from
The fall wedding season is quickly approaching so we at The Irish Gift House would be remiss if we
didn't let you know about our long time friends at   In our modern world many couples are reaching back to the past and are discovering their rich Celtic heritage.  One of the best ways to celebrate this birthright is for the groom and his groomsmen to wear a traditional kilt as their formalwear.  The bride may also indulge by wearing a matching tartan sash or accent.
Get all the details by contacting the McClanathan boys and their helpful staff; they are the leaders in kilt sales and rentals and have everything from kilt measurements to shipping down to a science.  From complete kilt rental packages to kilt accessories, will provide you with an excellent rental experience. 
Naturally, you may also visit for a complete selection of Irish wedding gifts and accessories that ranges from Irish champagne flutes to Irish wedding cake toppers.  You may also want to take a look at our Irish wedding traditions page to find out important matters such as what is the best day for the Irish to marry and what are appropriate Irish beverages and food to serve your guests.

Celtic Wedding Bands at
Celtic Wedding Bands at

And if you are in the market for Celtic wedding bands or a Claddagh wedding ring, The Irish Gift House has a complete range of Irish made jewelry that will accentuate your proud Celtic heritage.