Love, loyalty and friendship are the attributes associated with the Irish symbol, the Claddagh ring. They feature in this gorgeous piece of wall art from The Wild Goose Studio.
The saying that is often linked with the Claddagh goes like this.
"With these hands, I give you my heart and crown it with my love."
The Claddagh design consists of two hands clasped around a heart that is topped with a crown.
The ring represents love, loyalty and friendship. Our ninth gift in our Twelve Days of Christmas giving series is a tribute to the Claddagh Ring and all that it stands for.
Once again I am teaming up with Aidan from Gifts of Ireland to bring you another Irish gift this Christmas.
And so, without further ado, let me show you our ninth lovely prize.
(A quick tip from Mom - Take a look at the video at the top or side of this post to see the prize in more detail.)
Day 9 Prize: Love, Loyalty and Friendship Framed Wall Plaque
This gorgeaous bronze wall plaque is framed and ready for hanging and is a wonderful way to share your pride in your Irish heritage.
Let's take a quick look at the words included in this art piece.
Grá is the Irish word for love and is pronounced 'graw.'
There are many, many ways to say "I love you in Irish" and the exact meaning of a phrase can vary depending upon the context.
The word grá is a noun rather than a verb. Is tú mo ghrá (pronounced 'iss too muh graw) is a common was to say 'I love you.' It literally translates as 'you are my love."
Another way to say I love you in Irish is 'táim i ngrá leat' which is pronounced as 'taw-im ih n-graw lat). This phrase means 'I am in love with you."
A third way is to say 'tá grá agam duit' prounouced taw graw ah-gum ditch). This is literally translated as 'I have love for you."
Dílseacht is the Irish word for loyalty and is pronounced 'deel-shock-th'.
The Irish are a very loyal people and this is most evident in their dedication to family and their nation.
One of my favorite Irish sayings goes like this ….
"A family of Irish birth will argue and fight, but let a shout come from without and see them all unite."
Cairdeas is the Irish word for friendship, and is pronounced 'caw-ir-jass.'
The Irish have always valued friendship, and this is probably why the Irish welcome is world renowned. One of my favorite sayings about friendship goes like this...
"May your home always be too small to hold all your friends."
The Claddagh is the area on the western side of Galway City that is associated with the famous ring bearing the name of this little locality.
‘An Cladach’ (pronounced on clah-dock) in Irish means ‘the shore,’ and was once the home of an ancient fishing village, dating all the way back to the fifth century.
This little community spoke the Irish language and had their own king who led their fishing fleet of Galway Hooker boats. Their are many legends surrounding the design of the famous ring including a story of a young girl from the Claddagh falling in love with a Spanish prince.
This lovely piece of art work is made by The Wild Goose Studios based in Kinsale, County Cork. They have been creating meaningful bronze gifts, inspired by our Irish heritage, since 1970.
Check Out Our Video Prize Reveal
At the top of this post I've shared a short video featuring this lovely prize.
I met with Aidan from Gifts of Ireland in Dublin, and we shot an information video together showcasing each prize for our giveaway series.
Why not check it out, and get to know us a little better, as we share some banter about the Irish language.
How To Purchase Gifts From Gifts of Ireland
Aidan stocks a wide selection of gifts from the Wild Goose Studio.
You can purchase this lovely bronze wall plaque through this link...
I hope you find something you love in this wonderful collection of Irish art.
How To Enter Our Giveaway
One reader will win a framed piece of Celtic word art from the Wild Goose Studio featuring the Irish words "Grá, Dílseacht, Cairdeas."
To enter simply leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern Time on Tuesday, December 7th, 2021.
You can write any comment. If you need inspiration why not let us know if there are any words from the Irish language that you like to use?
If you live in Canada or Ireland, then please answer the following question in your comment by typing A, B or C for the correct answer ...
How do you say friendship in Irish?
A winning comment will be chosen randomly using the Pick Giveaway Winner Wordpress plug-in.
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 Tuesday, December 7th, 2021, at the bottom of this blog post.
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A big thank you to all who support this giveaway and share it with family and friends. Why not spread a little Irish Christmas cheer with those you love this year?
And many thanks to the good folks at Gifts of Ireland for so generously sponsoring this prize, and all the prizes in our 12 Days of Christmas Irish Gift Giveaways.
Don't forget to stop by tomorrow for Day 10 of our Irish Giveaways.
- May The Road Rise To Meet You Irish Blessing Plate Day Twelve Gift
- Irish Tweed Cap Day Eleven Prize
- Health, Love and Happiness Ogham Wishes Day Ten Gift
- Love, Loyalty and Friendship Irish Wall Art Day 9 Gift
- Celtic Pocket Watch By Mullingar Pewter Day 8 Gift
- Erin Knitwear Hat For Her Day Seven Gift
- Celtic Cross Silver Pendant Day Six Gift
- Donegal Tweed Scarf Day Five Christmas Gift
- Ireland Photo Frame Day Four Christmas Giveaway Prize
- Quiet Man Cottage - Day Three Prize For Christmas
- Day Two Of Our Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaways
- Day One Of Our Twelve Days Of Christmas Giveaways
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.
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Thank you all for supporting our Irish American community.
Stay tuned for more stories and giveaways over the coming weeks and months.
Thanks for following my recipes and ramblings.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Mairéad -Irish American Mom
Pronunciation - slawn ah-gus ban-ock-th
Mairéad - rhymes with parade
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