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A Story of True Love for Valentine’s Day

Jospeh and Grace broken hearted

In 1915 Joseph Mary Plunkett joined the Irish Republican Brotherhood and quickly rose in rank to become a leader of the Easter Rising of 1916. Joseph had contracted Tuberculosis at an early age and struggled with poor health all of his life.  Joseph was well educated and even wrote a book of poetry.  One of his poems was incorporated into a song about his relationship with his wife, Grace. Poems by Joseph Plunkett

 

In 1916 shortly before the Rising, Joseph was taken to the hospital to undergo surgery to the glands in his neck. He practically crawled from his hospital bed with bandages still on his neck to join the other leaders in the General Post Office. Several days later after heavy shelling and running low on ammunition the GPO was surrendered.

Joseph was taken and held at the Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin to be court martial. His poor health was never an issue to the British who quickly sentenced him to execution by firing squad. Seven days before the execution was to be carried out he was allowed to marry his long time sweetheart Grace Gifford. They were allowed one kiss and 10 minutes to talk with guards all around them in a small room.

On May 04, 1916 Joseph Mary Plunkett was shot where-the-1916-rebelsdead in the court yard of the Kilmainham Gaol. So ended the life of one of Ireland’s bravest patriots. Grace Gifford Plunkett died in Dublin on December 13, 1955. Grace had never remarried.

 

Please listen to this moving story in song by Wolftones:

Wolf Tones

Click here to hear – Wolf Tones – Grace

 


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The Romance of ShanOre Irish Handcrafted Celtic Jewelry

ShanOre Jewelry stone set Celtic Knot Pendant

ShanOre Jewelry stone set Celtic Knot Pendant

We love Celtic jewelry at The Celtic Ranch. Love. It. We love all the knots, the braids, the crosses, the Claddaghs, stones, pearls and just all of it!

ShanOre Irish Handcrafted jewelry have been creating timeless pieces since 1979, their engagement ring, claddagh ring, and Tara’s Diary collections of Celtic jewelry are among some of the most sought after, not only for their beauty of design, but also for their craftsmanship and modern take on tradition.

ShanOre’s collection of Celtic wedding rings for men and women are among some of the most elegant and unique, they offer many different options of metal and diamonds, and for those who like a simpler look they make a variety of Celtic knot rings which can be wrought in silver, gold, and white gold.

Claddagh rings are a Celtic jewelry staple. Traditionally Irish, but many people who are not Irish have taken up the tradition as well, because “Love, Loyalty, Friendship” transcends nationality. ShanOre is famous for making some of the prettiest Claddagh ring designs in the industry. They also make the Claddagh symbol into pendants and earrings of all sizes, many designed to coordinate with their rings which make an elegant statement when worn as a set.

Trinity knots, also called simply Celtic knots, have no beginning or end, representing infinite love, possibility, and connection in a spiritual or romantic sense. Trinity knots are widely represented in ShanOre’s designs among our favorites is this simple, elegant ring expertly crafted in sterling silver. Another favorite is the trinity pearl set, which includes a ring, pendant, and earrings of a trinity knot graced at the end with a single pearl.

Celtic crosses are unique in their symbology, decorated with Claddaghs, knots, and depictions of events in the Bible, each design is singular and widely used in Celtic jewelry. ShanOre creates some of the most interesting and ornate pieces, including a St. Brigid’s cross that has become a customer favorite.

ShanOre birthstone Claddagh ring

ShanOre birthstone Claddagh ring

We can’t leave without discussing the tree of life, another traditional symbol widely used in Celtic jewelry. ShanOre’s remarkable tree designs respect the historical aspects of the tree joining heaven and Earth, uniting the worlds, while bringing to them a modern touch.

You can see why ShanOre is one of our favorite Celtic jewelry lines, the pieces we’ve shared here are a very small part of their entire collection. Come to the shop or visit our website and see our extensive collection, and watch our video of a Claddagh ring being made.


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Saying I Love You in Irish

On Valentine’s day we think of love, romance, passion, Ireland… It’s a cool and dreary island, with frequent gray days which makes for a passionate group of folks! Let’s look at some Irish (there are too many to list here) terms of affection:

A chara (uh KHAR-uh): This means friend

Mo anam chara (mo anum KHAR-uh): Soul friend, this differs from soul mate, as it can be used in a less romantic sense, and more of a spiritual sense.

A stór (uh stohr): My treasure, can be used for a romantic love or for a child, a more general endearment.

A ghrá (uh GHRAH): Love, my love, romantic love.A chroí (uh KHREE): Heart, you are my heart. Swoon!

Treasure of my heart: Sweetheart necklace with hidden gold heart.

Treasure of my heart: Sweetheart necklace with hidden gold heart.

Stór mo chroí (stohr muh KHREE) Treasure of my heart, so romantic!

A mhuirnín (uh WUR-neen): Darling, in the Midwest we say Darlin’.

A chuisle (uh KHUSH-leh): Pulse, the person is blood through your veins.

A leanbh (uh LAN-uv): My child, a term of endearment, like your priest calls you.

A rúnsearc (uh ROON-shark): Secret love, wow! A passionate endearment indeed!

Mo shíorghrá (muh HEER-ggrah): My eternal love, soul mate.

M’fhíorghrá (MEER-ggrah): my true love, soul mate.

My heart is in you, Birthstone Claddagh Ring

My heart is in you, Birthstone Claddagh Ring

Here are some longer phrases, to whisper to your beloved on a cold night.

Tá mo chroí istigh ionat. (Taw muh ch(k)ree is-chi un-it) My heart is in you

Mo chuid den tsaol. (Muy ch(k)wid den tay-ol) My share of life.

Here are a couple of great ones, without the phonetics unfortunately.

An luífeása le mo mhuintirse? Would you like to be buried with my people? Now THAT is a marriage proposal, who could resist?

Maireann lá go ruaig ach maireann an grá go huaigh. A day lasts until it’s chased away but love lasts until the grave. This is sweet, and so true.

Finally, a poem by W.B. Yeats

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

-William Butler Yeats

The Irish, so romantic.


 

 

 


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