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     collection of treasures
        to touch your Inner Celt."

Dublin, a Viking City?

Dublin is an iconic city, where the Liffey meets the Irish sea. It’s a city that’s full of monuments, beautiful architecture, art, and bridges. It’s the seat of Irish culture, music, textiles, and all things Irish. In fact, ask anyone to name a city in Ireland and chances are that Dublin is the first city
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The Irish Whales

  At the turn of the Twentieth Century, with anti-Irish sentiment running high in both America and Britain, Irish Olympic athletes faced a choice of either competing as British athletes, for a crown and flag that they resented, or emigrating to America or Canada, where they were not wanted nor welcomed. The world did not
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Lughnasadh

Lughnasadh (pronounced Loo-Nah-Saw) is the Gaelic harvest festival, which has been celebrated throughout the Celtic lands since ancient times. It is traditionally celebrated midway through the summer solstice and the autumn equinox. According to Wikipedia, Lughnasadh is mentioned in some of the earliest Irish literature and has pagan origins. The festival itself is named after the
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Artisan Spotlight, Part 1

Part of our mission at the Celtic Ranch is to provide you with some of the finest quality, artisan products and our beloved Commander in Chief Terry Kast travels the world sourcing these handmade treasures. We try to convey the level of detail that goes into these artisan products when we see you in our
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The Puck Fair

The Puck Fair in Ireland is one of the island’s oldest festivals thought to date back to the 4th century and was originally part of the Celtic harvest festival, Lughnasa. From Slate.com “During this ancient celebration, a wild male goat (known as a puck) is crowned king of the town for three days before being returned
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Fairies

Fairies have been spoken of in whispers in Ireland for centuries. The fabled creatures are sometimes malevolent but are often portrayed as friendly if properly appeased. Fairies are mythological creatures said to have magical powers. They like to live in stone piles or cairns, in holes in trees, and underground. Legend tells us that if you make
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The Kelpies

The Kelpies of Falkirk, Scotland, are a sight to behold. Soaring 30 meters into the Scottish sky, rising from the banks of the Forth and Clyde Canal, the galvanized steel sculptures form a gateway between the Forth and Clyde canal and the newly built canal extension, part of The Helix, a new parkland project that connects
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Whiskey Cocktails

Whiskey neat is perfect. Warm, liquid sunshine with no frills, no distractions, no garnish, but sometimes, when the weather is steamy or when you’re feeling fancy or maybe you’re looking to impress someone, it’s nice to have a cold Manhattan or an Old Fashioned, and show the world that you are a civilized, distinguished, adult
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Celtic Crosses

Celtic Crosses are one of the more ubiquitous symbols in Ireland and throughout Irish history. Legend has it that St. Patrick introduced the cross to Ireland, combining the traditional cross with the nimbus, the Pagan symbol of the sun to help the converts understand the importance of the cross. Others believe that the Celtic cross
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Tartan and Tweed

There is often confusion about the difference between tartan and tweed. Both are hand woven fabric, made of hand spun and dyed wool. Is that where the similarities begin and end? Let’s look a little closer. From Wikipedia: Tartan is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours. Tartans originated in woven
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