Irish ceramic urns or vases are beautifully handcrafted works of art. Featuring magnificent Celtic designs and motifs, each urn is unmistakably Irish.
Finding inspiration from Irish history and mythology, the artists at Irish Urns are committed to Irish design and our unique Celtic heritage.
These beautiful pieces are created with multiple purposes in mind. They can be displayed as decorative pieces in the home, used as flower vases, and of course they can be used as cremation urns.
The month of November is a month of remembrance. To honor our loved ones, I have teamed up with Irish Urns to host a very special giveaway for the month of November.
The good folks at Irish Urns are offering a beautiful, handcrafted ceramic urn or vase for one reader to win.
You can check out all the details of this giveaway, and how to enter at the end of this post.
But first let's explore why November is a month of remembrance in Ireland.
November As A Month of Remembrance
In Ireland the month of November is traditionally a time associated with remembering those who have gone before us. The Irish Catholic community takes time to remember those who have died.
This tradition is associated with the fact that November brings the Church's Liturgical Year to a close. In fact, the liturgical new year starts on the First Sunday of Advent which is just four weeks before Christmas.
As the church year draws to a close people reflect on life, death and our hope of new life in Heaven. On November 1st we celebrate All Saints Day. On November 2nd we celebrate All Souls Day.
These holy days focus on a deep belief in eternal life, and that death is merely a beginning as we transition into new life with God in Heaven.
Giving thanks for those who have gone before us and remembering them is important to Irish people in November.
We share the names of our departed loved ones with our parish churches by including their names on the Altar List of the Dead. On the First Friday of every month for the coming year, Mass is celebrated and offered in remembrance of those whose names are on the Altar List of the Dead.
Remembrance Day and Veteran's Day
November 11th is Veteran's Day in America when we take time to thank and honor all those who have served in the armed forces of the United States. We particularly think of veterans who are still living and thank them for their service. On Memorial Day we focus on those who lost their lives serving our country.
In the United Kingdom the 11th of November is known as Remembrance Day or Armistice Day. It marks the date when the First World War ended, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year 1918.
People honor those who lost their lives in the First World War and other wars on this date. Many Irish fought and died in the trenches of Europe and they too are remembered on this solemn day.
The Wake In Irish Culture
People express grief and sorrow in many different ways, and the Irish have unique traditions and customs surrounding death.
In a previous post we took a look at the Irish Wake which is a very distinctive funeral tradition. It is a central and age-old part of Irish society and culture.
The Irish find healing in the presence of death and accept its inevitablility. They spend time with their loved ones, even after death. The Wake is about being present, and finding peace. The Irish do not fear the presence of death in life.
In the United States, talk about death tends to be avoided. In Ireland, death is openly accepted as a third birthday celebration. The first birthday is one's actual birth, baptism is the second and death is the third.
We celebrate all that a person was, and all the memories and stories they left behind. Children are brought to funerals and wakes in Ireland. Learning that death is a part of life begins at an early age.
Irish Urns and Irish Trees
Irish Urns offers a range of high-quality artisan urns which have been handcrafted and exquisitely decorated with Celtic designs. The heart and beauty of Irish history and culture is evident in all their urns.
Irish Urns was founded by Dublin man, Bob Hamilton. When his aunt died tragically abroad his cousins contacted him to help them find a handmade Irish urn. They wished to honor their mother's heritage, culture and ancestry.
It was easy to find Irish themed urns, that were made in China. But these did not reflect the essence of Bob's aunt's Irish heritage. It took him some time to find what he was looing for.
He realized there was a great need to create a business to help grieving families easily find quality, handcrafted Celtic and Irish inspired Cremation Urns. He teamed up with some incredibly skilled crafts people, whose talents and ceramic artistry are complimented by their deep knowledge and understanding of Irish culture.
They express what it means to be Irish in their beautiful art work, and help Irish people all over the world celebrate their Irish heritage, even in death.
After establishing Irish Urns, Bob soon realized their was a demand for a commemorative tree planting service, which he met by creating another business.
Irish Trees offers a unique and intimate service, planting native Irish trees in honour of a loved one. All trees are planted on 10 acres of beautiful lakeside land, located in North Co. Dublin.
Initially, they only planted memorial trees for people who had passed. However, due to demand, they now also plant trees for a number of other occasions such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and the birth of a child.
They aim to reconnect people to their Irish roots, no matter where they may be in the world.
The Prize - An Irish Ceramic Urn
One reader will win an Irish urn of their choice, handcrafted with love and attention in Ireland.
The winner can choose from one of the five urns featured in this blog post. The value of the urns shown varies from about $350 to $520.
The urn can be used as a decorative piece in your home, or it can be used as a flower vase.
Or perhaps, you know someone who would appreciate this expression of Irish heritage, and wish to use it as a final resting place for a loved one.
One reader will win a Celtic inspired ceramic urn vase, the design of which is directly influenced by Irish culture.
To enter simply leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern Time on Saturday, November 27th, 2021.
We will hold this giveaway open through the end November, as we remember and pray for all those who have gone before us.
You can write any comment. What you write does not affect your chance of winning, but if you need inspiration why not tell us if your family has any special traditions to remember those who have gone before us.
A winning comment will be chosen randomly. Remember to leave your e-mail so that I can contact you should you win. Your e-mail won’t be published, just used to contact our winner for mailing of the prize.
The winner will be announced on Saturday, November 27th, 2021, at the bottom of this blog post.
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A bit thank you to all who support this giveaway and share it with family and friends.
Any many thanks to the good folks at Irish Urns for so generously sponsoring this prize.
Update: Winner Chosen
Our winner has been randomly chosen using the Pick Giveaway Winner Plug-in for WordPress.
And the lucky reader is ….
I’ll send an email to arrange mailing of her prize. A big thank you to everyone for supporting this giveaway by leaving comments. I thoroughly enjoyed reading each and every comment.
Thank you all for supporting our Irish American community. And thank you to Bob from Irish Urns for working with me on this giveaway.
Stay tuned for more stories and giveaways over the coming weeks and months.
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Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Mairéad -Irish American Mom
Pronunciation - slawn ah-gus ban-ock-th
Mairéad - rhymes with parade