Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Acara Irish and Celtic Jewelry is New at The Irish Gift House


The Irish Gift House is pleased to announce the arrival of Acara, the latest collection from Solvar 
Acara Irish and Celtic Jewelry
Jewelry of Dublin, Ireland. Acara is loosely  translated from Gaelic and when used as a cara, it means friend.
This new assortment of Irish and Celtic jewelry features Ireland's most popular icons that range from sterling silver Celtic cross necklaces to Trinity earrings along with shamrock earrings and Claddagh necklaces. Naturally, you will also find the Acara collection includes shamrock and silver Celtic necklaces along with Claddagh earrings. The necklaces may also be removed from their sterling silver box chains and then attached to your own charm bracelet. You will be able to browse the entire Acara collection on the new Irish gifts page on our site.


Acara Irish Jewelry Gift Box
Each piece is crafted in sterling silver and is hallmarked by the Irish Assay Office at Dublin Castle. The Acara line is further enhanced with their own handsome green on green gift boxes that mimic miniature hat boxes with printed Celtic knot-work along with the ubiquitous shamrock. Each piece of this Irish made jewelry is delivered to you with the symbol's corresponding history card that is compliments of The Irish Gift House
 
This new line of Irish jewelry is moderately priced from only $26.00 to $36.00 per piece and these designs would be outstanding bridesmaids gifts. They would also be ideal gifts for Easter along with graduations. Because this is a rather extensive collection we will be introducing the line in batches and as we do each piece with be offered with a special introductory price.     

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Celtic Motherhood Knot


The ancient Celts used knot-work as decoration with each unique twist and turn depicting a 
Celtic Motherhood Knot Necklace - The Irish Gift House
different meaning. So it is the case with the Celtic Motherhood Knot that is a demonstration of the strong bond which exists between a mother and child while merging and including their heritage and faith.
The basis of the Celtic Motherhood Knot is an inconspicuous Trinity knot, a design in itself that has a maternal meaning. In Christianity the Trinity knot represents the Holy Trinity by depicting God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit as one; however prior to Christianity reaching Ireland, this same knot was known as a triple goddess that represented the three stages of womanhood.  The number three was powerful in itself to the pagan Celts and the three stages of the triple goddess knot are virgin, mother and wise crone.

Two intertwined hearts, with one above the other are combined into this design that forms the Celtic motherhood knot. The continuous entanglement of the Celtic mother's knot depicts the parent and child in a loving embrace.
The Irish Gift House is proud to offer a spectacular selection of Celtic knot necklaces but with Mother's Day just around the corner we are particularly happy to feature the Celtic Motherhood Knot necklace that is made for us in Ireland by Solvar Jewelry. Like all our sterling silver Celtic necklaces this special design for Irish mothers has been hallmarked by Irish Assay Office at Dublin Castle in Ireland and it is also part of the Fáilte Collection that is enhanced with both a heavier pendant and chain.   

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Irish Jokes from The Irish Gift House

The Irish Gift House has hundreds of Irish jokes for you to enjoy and share and just in time for St. Patrick's Day we have recently added dozens of new laughs to our content.

Sure, many of our funny stories are stereotypical and yer man Paddy is often the hero or the butt of the gag, but they are all meant in good humor as in the end, as history has taught us, the Irish always prevail.

We have 12 categories that include Limericks and Irish drinking jokes along with love and marriage and Irish logic joke sections.
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You are welcome browse our selections and we hope that you get a good laugh or two in the process.

You are also welcome to copy and use these jokes to entertain your friends; just make sure that you use an Irish brogue in your presentation!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Irish Blessings

irish blessings - the irish gift house.jpgAre you looking for an Irish blessing to share with friends or maybe for an important toast that you are giving? The Irish Gift House has created a brand new page on our site where we have assembled a collection of over 60 Irish blessings for your enjoyment and you are free to copy them for your own use.

The Irish are well known for their wit and wisdom and this is evident throughout their proverbs and sayings that are available for every occasion from birth to death.  An Irish blessing will hall mark life's milestones such as marriage with eloquence or address an adversary in such a way that even in a curse there is humor to be found.
 
You will also find on our Irish blessing page what is known as Irish diplomacy that is written with the talent of flattery that one receives after kissing the Blarney Stone.
 
Our variety of traditional Irish blessings ranges from toasts to curses and you are most welcome to copy and use them in your next big speech.
You are also welcome to browse our assortment of Irish blessing plaques and don't miss the Irish blessing plates when you are looking for the perfect sentiment for your gift giving occasions.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Accessories - the Newest Category at The Irish Gift House

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Faith and BegorrahSt. Patrick's Day is almost here!  Just in time for the festivities on March 17, The Irish Gift House has created a new section on our site that is appropriately named St. Patrick's Day Accessories.   You will quickly see that If you are looking for a place to get your green on for high holy day you have found the right spot.

For the wearin' of the green we have an assortment of St. Patrick's Day Clothing and Costumes that range from Irish party hats and green wigs for your head to shamrock socks and slippers for your feet along with a host of other festive accessories. 

The green shamrock is the most recognizable symbol associated with Ireland and it can be found with great abundance among our St. Patrick's Day Decorations.  You will find embellishments worthy of the Irish saint that will adorn your home from the ceiling to table that include cut outs along with banners and centerpieces.  

Everyone is Irish on March 17 and everyone will appreciate celebratory St. Patrick's Day gifts.  For that reason we have assembled an eclectic assortment of fun favors that will amuse the young and old alike.  Many of these gifts could easily also act as decorations or as the last detail for your outfit and range from plush leprechauns to shamrock dice.   

To pull off this grand day in style you may want to browse our selection of St. Patrick's Day Jewelry.  Here you will find silver tone or gold tone metal bracelets and necklaces along with earrings and lapel pins that are enhanced with shamrocks galore.  Many of these pieces also feature the Claddagh and some have Celtic knots.

Last but not least is the selection of St. Patrick's Day Beaded Jewelry.  This category features shiny and inexpensive green beads for your Irish celebration.  This jewelry is ideal for sharing with your friends and that will surely bring you the luck of the Irish.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Irish Clothing from The Irish Gift House - A Great Way to Show Your Irish Pride on St. Patrick's Day.


The Irish Gift House happy to proclaim that we have just finished giving our Irish clothing section a
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facelift, and it is just in time for St. Patrick's Day!   

Many of the garments in this section, from the Irish flat caps to the Irish sweatshirts with Celtic knots, have received new and much improved product images and everything has been given fresher product descriptions.   This section was overdue for a good sprucing and we hope that you enjoy the results that include some new Irish clothing categories such as Irish beanies for your head and shamrock socks along with shamrock slippers for your feet.

 The most popular Irish clothing categories remain with the Irish t-shirts section reigning supreme with our customers, but the Irish polo shirts and the Irish rugby shirts also get their due.  In fact with St. Patrick's Day being on a Friday in 2017 these two sections should prove to be very popular for casual Fridays at the office.  If you don't dress down when you are at work, you may always select from our shamrock ties; we have several to choose from that range from conservative to festive.

Naturally we have a section for Irish women's clothing with flattering feminine designs.  The ladies may also with to browse our Irish scarves to find both fashionable and warm styles.

For the wee ones we have Irish baby clothing that ranges from shamrock onesie outfits to dresses for toddlers and we also have an assortment of  Children's Irish t-shirt.  Some of these t-shirt designs are available in sizes that range from infant to 3XL adult so children and parents may wear the same style shirt.

For the wearing of the green on March 17 we have a grand assortment of St. Patrick's Day clothing and costume accessories that vary from leprechaun hats and shamrock hair bows for your head to shamrock stocking for your legs along with everything in between.  We will cover more of this section in our next blog post.  

Monday, February 6, 2017

Claddagh Ring History

Claddagh Ring History from The Irish Gift House
The Claddagh ring and its fabled history can be traced to 16th century Ireland so along the way varying folklore and rituals have developed. 

A Claddagh ring is such a sentimental piece of jewelry that many considerations have evolved over time that have been forged by unique family traditions and experiences. 

Over the years we have heard several Irish family traditions from our customers that relate to the Claddagh ring; one of these traditions include that a Claddagh ring may only be worn as a wedding ring. Even though it is often called the Irish wedding ring there is not a requirement that this special Irish ring must only be worn as a wedding band as it is also widely utilized as an engagement ring.  Additionally, the rituals of the Galway Folklore explain that a Claddagh ring may be worn to indicate that you are in an unengaged relationship or even that your heart is free.

The gift of a Claddagh ring may be shared between anyone who is dear to you; this may include lovers, friends and of course family members.  Additionally, while some subscribe to the notion that a Claddagh ring may only be worn by a female, we must report that there are many available men's Claddagh rings.

Another opinion, though less common, is that a Claddagh ring must be received as a gift and never purchased for oneself.  While the receipt of a gift is always appreciated, you may buy one for yourself if you are so inclined.

Most legends of the Claddagh ring stipulate that the original design was crafted from gold, so it is easy to understand how some may mandate that only gold is the acceptable metal.  However, gold is not a requirement of an genuine Claddagh as the ring is readily available in silver and many other precious and non-precious metals. 

An area of typical agreement is that Claddagh rings should be made in Ireland, as is the case with all our selections at The Irish Gift House, but in our global economy that is not always the case.  Irish made jewelry is unique in that by law all precious metal is hall marked by the Irish Assay Office at Dublin Castle, so you can be guaranteed that your Irish jewelry is truly made in Ireland.  Just look for the hall mark stamped on the inside of your Claddagh ring If you have any doubts.

To be a true Claddagh ring there must be three essentials present: in the center a heart that symbolizes love, on top of the heart is the crown that symbolizes loyalty and holding the heart are two hands that symbolize friendship.  Stone settings are completely optional but it is often very desirable have diamond Claddagh rings and emerald Claddagh rings from which to choose.

Not surprisingly there are many different versions of the Claddagh legend; so who is to know which version is correct?  The Claddagh history that we use at The Irish Gift House is the same version that was supplied to us by O'Connor Jewelry.  O'Connor Jewelry was the Irish jeweler that in the late 1940's opened the Claddagh ring market in the United States, so we figure they knew what they were talking about.  We would ask our original Irish jeweler how they came to use their particular version of Claddagh history, but sadly both Thomas O'Connor and his son James have both passed on and the company has been defunct for many years.

As long as your version of the Claddagh ring history references the Galway fishing village of Claddagh and the three elements of the Claddagh ring, heart, crown and hands, you are on the right track.  Below is the O'Connor Jewelry version of the enchanted Irish legend that has been used at The Irish Gift House since 1994.  Incidentally, we supply a copy of the Claddagh ring history along with a card with the Galway Folklore that explains how to ware your ring with each Claddagh purchase.
 
Claddagh Ring History - Early 16th century legend tells that a fishing boat, from the village of Claddagh in County Galway, Ireland, was captured by pirates and the crew taken as slaves. One of the crew-members, Richard Joyce, was to have been married the same week he was captured. His bride-to-be was inconsolable.

Years went by and Richard became a master of his trade as a gold-smith. His skillful hands shaped a unique ring for the girl he could never forget. The design of the Claddagh ring was born of their love. At the center a heart, symbolizing their love, on top a crown, symbolizing their loyalty, and two hands holding the heart, symbolizing the caring friendship they shared.

After eight years, Richard escaped and returned to his native village of Claddagh. He found, to his great joy, that the girl he could not forget had not forgotten him and she had never married. He gave to her the special ring he had crafted. They married soon afterwards, never to be separated again.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Inis Body Lotion is Now Available in a Pump Bottle at The Irish Gift House!


The widely popular Inis theEnergy of the Sea body lotion is now available in a larger pump bottle at
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TheIrish Gift House.  This revitalizing and nourishing body lotion from The Fragrances of Ireland had been only available in a 200ml tube, but due to strong demand for a larger size container Inis body lotion is now available in a 500ml (16.9 ounce) pump bottle. 

Inis body lotion is unique in that it combines naturally harvested seaweed extracts along with shea butter.  Shea butter is an extract from the African shea tree, and while the butter is eatable, it is mostly used as a moisturizer.  Additional ingredients in this Irish body moisturizer include vitamins and minerals that can nourish your skin and you will be left scented with the cool and seductive fragrance of Inis the Energy of the Sea.

Inis body lotion is perfect for a daily regimen of skin care and is best used immediately after your shower or bath; it is also excellent for use after being in the sun.


Like all the products from The Fragrances of Ireland, Inis body lotion is made in Ireland and is never tested on animals.

The Irish Gift House stocks many different products from The Fragrances of Ireland including their Inis perfume and the Garden of Ireland natural soaps.  In addition to the women's Irish perfume, we also stock Patrick cologne for men.        

Sunday, January 29, 2017

St. Brigid and the St. Brigid's Cross


The short dark days of winter have been getting brighter and longer since the winter solstice marked the shortest day of the year on December 21.  The Celtic calendar denotes February 1 as the pagan festival of Imbolc, the first day of spring, and celebrations are in order to commemorate warmer, longer days and the evidence that new growth is on the way.

February 1 also corresponds with the feast day of St. Brigid, who along with Patrick, is one of Ireland's patron saints.

St. Brigid was born in 451 AD in the town of Faughart in County Louth, Ireland; Faughart honors its native daughter with a shrine and well that regularly receive a substantial amount of tourists and pilgrims.   She was the daughter of Dubhtach, a Leinster pagan chieftain, and Brocca, a Christian slave woman who had been baptized by none other than St. Patrick.  Because her mother was a slave, she too was a slave; however her father notice her works of charity and eventually granted her freedom. 
St. Brigid founded monasteries in Kildare and she is credited with establishing the first order of nuns in Ireland.  Kildare became a center of religion and education and her small monastery eventually evolved into a cathedral city.
St. Brigid is remembered for her great charity and kindness and is second only to St. Patrick, among Ireland’s heritage of saints.  Thousands of Irish woman throughout the world are named Brigid in her honor. 

The most enduring image of the Irish saint is the St. Brigid’s Cross.  In her endeavor to explain the
St. Brigid's Cross at The Irish Gift House
Passion of Christ to her father, a dying pagan, she wove a cross from the straw-like rushes strewn on the floor and was able to baptize him just before his death.  In those early Christian times the farmers adopted the custom of making these same crosses at the beginning of spring to protect their holdings, placing the handmade straw cross in prominent positions in their houses and barns.

The tradition of making the crosses on  January 31, the eve of her feast day,  continues to the present day in Ireland and abroad.  The St. Brigid’s Cross is believed to protect the owner from want and evil.


The Irish Gift House is proud to feature a fine selection of St. Brigid's crosses that we offer as necklaces and related jewelry such as charms; this jewelry is made in Ireland by Solvar.  Naturally we also offer many Irish made St. Brigid's wall crosses along with various gifts that include a tankard from Mullingar Pewter and several ornaments.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Nollaig na mBean - Women's Christmas!


January 6 is the Feast Day of the Epiphany which marks the end of the twelve days of the Christmas Season.  The season starts with the revelation of Christ to Israel in His birth on Christmas Day and ended with the revelation of Christ to the Gentiles with the visit of the Three Wise Men or Magi at Epiphany.

In Ireland, Epiphany is also known as Nollaig na mBean, which translates from the Irish language to Women's Christmas in English.  On this day women are not responsible for doing any of the housework, taking care of the children or cooking the family meal.  

The women traditionally meet at each other's homes for some relaxation and socializing that includes food and drinks.  The meals would tend to be baked delicacies such as scones and cream cakes, washed down with a nice pot of tea or maybe something a little bit stronger.

The men would stay at home and take down the Christmas decorations, see off the visitors and look
Irish Christmas Decorations at The Irish Gift House
after the house and children.

Ladies, The Irish Gift House hopes that you enjoy your day!

Guinness Gifts at The Irish Gift House


Guinness t-shirt at The Irish Gift House
 

Guinness Christmas Ornament at The Irish Gift HouseThe Irish Gift House is proud to announce that we have just given our Guinness gifts category a complete makeover that includes updated product images and better descriptions.  Naturally we couldn't help adding some new items such the latest Guinness Christmas ornament and a Guinness t-shirt.
Some of the earliest items we ever added to our site, TheIrishGiftHouse.com, were several pieces of Guinness merchandise with one being a Guinness pouring spoon.  These branded pouring spoons will assist you in concocting a black and tan or a half and half; you simply pour the black stuff over the back of the spoon so that it fans out over your ale in the former and your larger in the latter.  You may also wish to use your pouring spoon to create a drink called a black velvet which starts off with champagne.
Irish coat of arms glasses at The Irish Gift House

Most however just order a pint of the plain and your best bet is to use a tulip shaped Guinness glass.  The tulip shaped glass is wider toward the top and the benefit of this shape is to allow the nitrogen bubbles to travel from the bottom and return to the top and create the famous creamy head.  The Irish Gift House offers a varied assortment of 20 ounce Irish beer glasses and Irish coat of arms barware that are perfect way for you to imbibe this ebony nectar from Ireland.  Another classic vessel for enjoying your stout is from one of our Celtic tankards, but don't miss browsing our crystal tankards from Galway Crystal or our pewter tankards from Mullingar Pewter.
Guinness bar sign at The Irish Gift House
The iconic stout has a loyal following and these ardent enthusiasts appreciate Guinness merchandise because they evokes pleasant experiences of drinking Ireland's most famous dark beer.  We have dozens of thoughtful Guinness gifts that you will be pleased to give and receive that range from an apron to several bottle openers.  For the man cave or the home pub we have a selection of Guinness bar signs that include several that are made of wood.

Additional considerations include the Guinness rugby shirts that are woven in a traditional fashion that is suitable for game day and the assortment of Guinness polo shirts are perfect for a round of golf or for casual wear.  

So go ahead and treat yourself to any of our Guinness gifts.  You are encouraged to drink responsibly, but we urge you to browse our site with abandon.