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Graduation Time is Near

 Seems like there is someone graduating each year from high school or college and I used to struggle with gift ideas. Several years ago I became acquainted with a line of Celtic jewelry carried by Terry at The Celtic Ranch. It is rich looking, well designed and priced within my budget. It is also nice because you can buy a gift that will always remind the recipient of you. The men’s jewelry looks masculine and is heavy enough to make you feel confident it will standup to everyday wear.

The women’s jewelry is just plain beautiful. Who is this designer and what is the name of his jewelry? It is Keith Jack.

The C. R. carries several of Keith’s award winning designs and you can also look at their stock on the internet at Whether you purchase one of these pieces of beautiful jewelry for yourself or as a gift, you will not be disappointed. Check them out online but better yet, stop by and feel the weight and see the quality up close.

Saol fada agus breac-shláinte chugat.

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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 store, but if you are shopping online, you may not get the whole story, so we thought we’d shine a spotlight on a few of our favorite artisan products.

Horsehair Pottery by Ian Carty Ceramics 

Horsehair Pottery by Ian Carty Ceramics

Horsehair Pottery by Ian Carty Ceramics

Horsehair pottery is fired using a special technique that creates fine lines by burning the hair from the mane of the horse and thick lines from the hair of the tail. The horse hair is applied by hand. As the hair is consumed by the fire, it twists and twines. Each piece becomes and original never to be duplicated again. After it is fired, a layer of natural beeswax is applied to seal the surface, then polished by hand. As with all works of fine art, horsehair pieces should be handled with care. Due to its porous nature, these pieces should be protected from direct sunlight and used only as accent pieces or with dry arrangements. For the Celtic Ranch, Ian Carty used mane hair from Half-pint McGee, the miniature horse who graced the forest at the Celtic Ranch on weekends for years.


Angels’ Share Glass




Tom Young and his daughter Karen produce beautiful glassware, creating the very best in innovative and creative concepts.


Tom Young has been glassblowing since he was a teenager. Tom worked throughout about_us_01_largeindustrial and chemical glass laboratories until his creative side took over and he made designs in glass using a bench flame torch.  His commissions include glass pieces for high-profile figures and companies all over the world. Tom made the glass element of the Johnnie Walker Golf trophy and almost every spirit safe bowl in every Scottish distillery. Now, almost 60 years on, and a master glassblower & Craftsman,  he still creates wonderful designs & glassware in the heart of central Scotland for a worldwide market.

Have you ever poured your glass of Scotch and wished you to add just the right amount of water to open up your dram?


This hand crafted glass whisky diluting dropper made by Angels’ Share Glass Company releases one drop of water at a time and is a unique gift for whiskey drinkers and Scotch drinkers around the world. This glass pipette is approximately 200mm in length and is presented in a luxurious velvet lined box.


Have you ever wandered around a whisky festival or attended a tasting and wished you had one of our Whisky Water Droppers with you to add a couple of splashes to open up yourasg300 dram? Well, now you can do just that with our Pocket Dropper. This shorter, portable, but just as accurate, pot still dropper comes complete with a leather case, created by Mairead Hume of Angels’ Share Glass company of Scotland.


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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 friends with the fairies near you, they will us their powers to protect you, bless you, and might even bring you gifts of food, or tend your garden.

According to Encyclopedia Britannica, “while the term fairy goes back only to the Middle Ages in Europe, analogues to these beings in varying forms appear in both written and oral literature, from the Sanskrit

From A E Williams fine pewter, UK A little fairy, moon and star is a perfect place for the tooth fairy to find a tooth, or to collect other teeny treasures.

From A E Williams fine pewter, UK
A Little Fairy, Moon and Star 

gandharva (semidivine celestial musicians) to the nymphs of Greek mythology and Homer, the jinni of Arabic mythology, and similar folk characters of the Samoans, of the Arctic peoples, and of other indigenous Americans. The common modern depiction of fairies in children’s stories represents a bowdlerization of what was once a serious and even sinister folkloric tradition. The fairies of the past were feared as dangerous and powerful beings who were sometimes friendly to humans but could also be cruel or mischievous.

Fairy myths are mainly associated with the Celtic cultures of Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, and Wales. To this day, fairy dwellings are protected in parts of Ireland.


There are dozens of explanations for the origins of fairies. Some believe that they are fallen

The Irish Fairy Door available at The Celtic Ranch

The Irish Fairy Door available at The Celtic Ranch

angels who were left stuck between heaven and hell. Some believe they are spirits of the dead. According to Wikipedia “At one time it was a common belief was that fairy folklore evolved from folk memories of a prehistoric race. It was suggested that newcomers drove out the original inhabitants, and the memories of this defeated, hidden people developed into the fairy beliefs we have today. Proponents of this theory claimed to find support in the tradition that of cold iron as a charm against the fairies, which was viewed as a cultural memory of invaders with iron weapons displacing inhabitants had only flint and were therefore easily defeated.”

Kneeling Fairy With Bird, Fairy Charm

Kneeling Fairy With Bird, Fairy Charm

Fairy Gardens became popular during the Victorian era and today, miniature, fairy-sized gardens and fairy doors can be found in homes and gardens across the globe. Many people also like to accessorize their gardens with fairy charms to lure fairies who, being the obsessive creatures that they are, might be inclined to pull weeds, water, and chase off unsavory characters.

Seesaw Fairies from A.E. Williams, the finest pewter manufacturer in the world

Seesaw Fairies from A.E. Williams, the finest pewter manufacturer in the world

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Father’s Day

21 copyFather’s Day falls on June 19th this year, and it’s rapidly approaching.  If you already have gifts for Dad wrapped and a day planned, you’re well ahead of the game and deserve a cold drink and some sort of medal or trophy, or maybe a trophy filled with a cocktail. If you’re like most of us and are only part way there, then we’ve got you covered.

Father’s Day is a day of celebration of all things Fatherhood. A day to let husbands, fathers, step-fathers, father in laws, and the men who are just always there for us know that we value them, respect them and are grateful for the time they have invested in us and our children.

Father’s Day presents can be tricky. If asked, Dad might say that he doesn’t want anything, or maybe he wants a nap or he may even say that he has everything that he needs. Here’s a pro-tip, Dad is lying. Well, he’s probably telling the truth about the nap, so go ahead and plan a good hour for that. After he rests a little, that’s when you present Dad with his real presents. We have some suggestions for you. You can thank us later.


Does Dad love whiskey? Why not upgrade Dad’s cocktail a bit and buy him a bottle of Top Powers_John_LaneShelf Whiskey? We have some suggestions for you and would love to assist you in your purchase. Come check out the Whiskey Snug at the Celtic Ranch. We have an entire room filled with some of the most amazing whiskeys that man has ever made and we can help you find the perfect bottle and you can even get a sip for yourself, for quality control purposes, of course.

We also have a Father’s Day Whiskey Tasting  on Saturday, June 18th.  Show Dad your love with a day of Top Shelf Whiskey Tasting. This Fathers Day tasting we are pulling out everyone’s favorites! The Irishman Single Malt, Tullamore Dew 12 yr Select, Green Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey, Red Breast 12 yr Cask Strength Irish Whiskey and Powers Johns Lane Single Pot Still. Nothing but the best for Dad. June 18th 3PM in our upstairs formal tasting room. Complimentary cigar for each attendee. $10% off all purchases. Reservation required.


The Kerry Cap from Mucros Weavers at The Celtic Ranch

The Kerry Cap from Mucros Weavers at The Celtic Ranch

-A Hat

Fathers wear many hats. Nurse, dishwasher, coach, chauffeur, storyteller, Tooth Fairy, chef, monster hunter, boo boo kisser, etc. Why not give Dad a hat worthy of his weary head? We have some of the finest, handmade, Irish hats and we’re not shy about it. We have an entire wall of them in fact. Think of a hat like a crown for your Pop’s head. This will totally make up for that time you made fun of his bald spot. You know that he had a luscious head of hair and fewer grey hairs before you came along, right?



The Kiltman Kilts Pub Kilt from the Celtic Ranch

The Kiltman Kilts Pub Kilt from the Celtic Ranch

-A Kiltman Pub Kilt 

Buy Dad a Kiltman Kilts Pubkilt for Father’s Day and you’ll have the coolest Dad around.

We know, he’s already the bee’s knees, but now his knees can be liberated while he enjoys nature’s air conditioning. Let’s face it, the alternative is Dad in his tighty whities, ala Walter White. While that might entertain your friends and neighbors, sometimes Dad needs to leave the sanctity of his home to do things and pants just won’t do. Plus, the Pubkilt has deep pockets for Dad’s enormous keychain, a ham sandwich, his flip phone and his overstuffed wallet. You can always buy him additional pockets if he’s prone to carrying around a hammer or a transistor radio.


So, come see us and take care of you and your Dad. Or, give Dad yet another macaroni collage. …you know, those were really cute when you were 7.



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