Irish Celtic Symbols And Their Meanings

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The Civilization of Ireland is an old one, dating as far back as 8000 B.C. It’s no surprise that the country has a rich heritage and very old traditions and symbols.The purpose of this paper will help you understand some of the important information on the types of symbols that the Irish cherish.

The first symbol we will talk about is The Claddagh Ring. This ring is the traditional Irish wedding ring. The Claddagh Symbolism refers to love, fidelity and friendship.
Irish People all over the world wear the Claddagh with pride of their heritage. The Claddagh history goes back to Roman times. The design of the ring is two hands holding a heart with a crown on top of the
heart. This is one of the most familiar symbols of the Irish... View More »

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According to Colin Chapman, leprechauns are:
“given to excess, nothing appeals to a leprechaun like a binge of whiskey, Guniess,
pipe tobacco and snuff, and despite their small statute they can handle surprising quantities of alcohol” (Chapman 2007).
Supposedly these little fairies aren’t easy to spot. They spend all their time in their shops making shoes and stash all their money they make off their shoes away in a hidden pot of gold at the end of a rainbow (Amon, 1998).

Next I will talk about the Celtic Harp; it’s the official symbol of the Emerald isle, the mythical lore and the stories of the past makes the Celtic Harps a very special emblem of Ireland’s pride.
Ireland is the only country in the world with a musical instrument as a national symbol. They are also refereed to as Gadic harps. Celtic harps have been apart of the Irish landscape for many centuries, ever since the 16th century when King Henry VIII of England made the harp the official symbol of his new land by putting it on Irelands currency.
The Celtic Harp Symbol is found on the presidential flag, state seals, uniforms, and even bottles of Guinness. On display at certain times at the Trinity Collage, Dublin. This wonderful instrument is also known as the Brian Buro Harp named after the famous High King of Ireland. It is the oldest surviving wire strung framed harp in existence. People come from all over to see it when it is on display.
Another is the Irish Flag, the three vertical stripes on Irelands flag are a reminder of Ireland’s political landscape.
The tri color flag symbolizes the two ...

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