The Belcoo Brooch

Belcoo Brooch Celtic Jewelry

This Celtic brooch was discovered in a limestone quarry in the townland of Carrontreemall, County Fermanagh, not far from the town of Belcoo, after which the brooch is named. This Celtic jewelry piece is a fantastic example of a zoomorphic penannular brooch. Zoomorphic because of the animal head decoration featured on the terminal plates of […]

The Celtic Summer Solstice

Hill of Tara Ireland

Summer Solstice Traditions in Celtic Ireland In the times before Saint Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland, pagan beliefs and traditions held sway. Celtic pagan festivals were celebrated throughout the year according to the cycles of The Sun. The spring and fall equinoxes and of course the shortest and longest days of the year held particular […]

Saint Patrick’s Celtic Cross of Carndonagh

Beautiful Carndonagh, Donegal

Saint Patrick’s high cross is found in the seaside village of Carndonagh, County Donegal. It is one of the oldest high crosses from the early Christian Period to be found anywhere in the British Isles. The cross is richly decorated with impressive Celtic artwork. This, combined with the millennia of history behind it, is sure […]

17 Things You Didn’t Know About Irish Names

All About Irish Names

Irish names are famous the world over and many of them have a wonderfully rich history. We take a look at Irish names through the ages. Here are some interesting facts… Ireland was one of the first countries to use surnames 916 AD was the first recorded use of surnames in Ireland The ‘O’ often […]

Celtic Crosses at Kells

Kells Celtic Cross and Tower

The monastery at Kells, was founded in 807 by Columbian monks fleeing Viking attacks on their Island home at Iona. When you stand atop the hill upon which the famous monastery is situated, it is easy to why the monks chose the site. On a clear day, you can see across the fertile plains of […]