The Best Traditional Irish Wedding Gifts

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You have so many choices when considering a traditional Irish wedding gift. The claddagh ring, shamrock and horseshoes symbolic of luck and bells to keep evil spirits away. Here are some suggestions:

Claddagh design

The claddagh design is of two hands holding a heart, though some designs include a crown mounted on the heart. Claddagh rings for men and women represents love, friendship and loyalty.
Claddagh rings are a strong Irish tradition with many being heirlooms. They vary in prices from sterling silver to rings that include a heart shaped diamond as the centerpiece of a gold or platinum ring.

The claddagh design can also be found on wall plaques, pocket watches, personalised glassware and pottery to bring a touch of Irish tradition into the newly-weds lives.

Irish Crystal

Galway Crystal and Waterford Crystal have long been two of the world’s best known and loved brands of traditionally crafted Irish crystal. The beautiful ranges of tabletop stem-ware and gift-ware reflect Irish influences in their timeless elegance.
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Belleek Parian China

Since 1857 the Belleek factory in Co Fermanagh have been hand-crafting pieces with 16 artisans working on each individual item. You can choose items that incorporate the traditional wedding items of bells, shamrocks, horseshoes and claddagh designs.

Irish Blessings

There are a number of Irish blessings that are read out at a traditional Irish wedding. Frame a blessing for the newly-weds to hang on the wall of their home as a reminder of the commitment they have made to each other in marriage.

Bells

A traditional wedding gift for Irish couples, the chime of the bell is said to keep evil spirits away. If you prefer a silent gift that keeps with tradition, consider a gift of modified bells as candle holders or vases. It is also suitable for a present if you’re looking for 1st anniversary gifts.

For the sports lovers

A hand-crafted Hurley, the wooden stick used in the national Gaelic game of Hurling, looks great as a wall decoration. Alternatively, gift a couple so the newly-weds can have what the Irish call, a “puck around” with others. Make sure to include a sliotar (the ball used in hurling) as part of your gift.

Music is the food of love

There remains a strong following of traditional Irish music. The Bodhran, Spoons, Tin Whistle and Fiddle are a few of the instruments that make up the unmistakable sound of Irish music. Let your couple learn to play Irish music or display your gift at home.

For bookworms

Ireland has some of the very best writers the world has ever produced. W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde and Jonathan Swift are just a few. Introduce the couple to your favourite Irish poets, playwrights and novelists.

Romantic place to Propose in Wexford, Ireland

County Wexford, in the south-east of Ireland, has some of the most beautiful scenery you’ll find as a backdrop for your marriage proposal. You have a choice of locations inland too, that reflect the feelings of warmth, romance and intimacy your proposal seeks to inspire. Here are some ideas to consider in County Wexford that will lift your partner’s heart while you pop the special question.Tintern Abbey

The Hook Peninsula

Untouched ancient Ireland can be found in the natural beauty and tranquillity of the unspoiled Hook Peninsula that stretches out from the scenic south-east corner of Ireland. The Hook Peninsula is famous for its breath-taking vistas, magnificent natural landscape, national heritage sites, beautiful gardens, pure sands and calm seas.

The top balcony of the Hook lighthouse offers panoramic sea views to seal the deal. The picture perfect beaches will create memories of the day you got engaged. You may also be lucky enough to enjoy a beach all to yourself.

Tintern Abbey

Situated on the west shore of Bannow Bay and founded in 1203, Tintern Abbey was one of the most powerful Cistercian foundations in the South East until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536. Sited on a gently south-facing slope overlooking Tintern stream, many features of the original Cistecian abbey can be seen, making it an ideal romantic setting to ask for the hand of your fair maiden.

Tintern Abbey is set within the beautiful Colclough Walled Garden, laid out as it was in 1838. The two acre walled garden with its curved corners, is a beautiful place to ask your beloved for their hand in marriage.

Curracloe Beach

The Blue Flag Curracloe Beach is a vast stretch of sandy beach reaching from Raven Point to Ballyconigar near Blackwater. The beach is so huge that it was used to film D-Day landing scenes for the film ‘Saving Private Ryan’.

Grand House and Castles

Wexford has many grand houses where you can be the knight in shining armour, sweeping your girl off her feet. Wells House and gardens, Enniscothy Castle, Selskar Abbey and more. At Ferns Castle, though only half of the castle now remains, the most complete tower contains a fine circular chapel.

Alternatively, you may want to show how much you love her by protecting her in a tour of Ireland’s most haunted house at Loftus Hall, said to be haunted by the devil and the ghost of a young woman.

Countryside walks

A stroll on a beautiful woodland walking trail gives you just the right surroundings to declare your love. Consider the circular walks at Ballygullen Slí, Coolmelagh and perhaps the most appropriate for a proposal, the Askamore (‘ask amour’) Loop walk.

Top places you should visit in Ireland

The Emerald Isle of Ireland is an enchanting land full of legend and beauty. Visit magical scenery and meet lively, chatty people. Here are some ideas for the top places you can visit in Ireland.

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Tour the Castles

Irish castles are stately, gothic, haunted and imposing. Cahir, Dunguaire and Kilkenny Castles all evoke visions of ancient Ireland. Blarney Castle in County Cork, famous for the Blarney Stone. Legend states that if you kiss the Blarney Stone, you’ll receive the gift of eternal eloquence.

Rugged Countryside and gorgeous vistas

Beautiful and untouched, Ireland’s scenery is beyond rock of cashelcompare. National Geographic voted Ireland’s walks as the best in the world. West Cork, Dingle, Galway, the Ring of Kerry are just some of the picturesque places to visit. For the adventurous there’s surfing, sea kayaking, paragliding, rock climbing, caving, and mountain biking throughout the country.

The Rock of Cashel (St. Patrick’s Rock) in County Tipperary with it’s round tower, cathedral and chapel bearing priceless Celtic art and medieval architecture is where it’s said St. Patrick converted Aenghus the King of Munster to Christianity in the 5th century.

History at Every Turn

In a country as ancient and fabled as Ireland, visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to historical sites of interest. One such site, Brú na Bóinne in County Meath, was built around 3,200 B.C making it older than England’s Stonehenge and Egypt’s Giza Pyramids.

Festivals galore!

Catch the Irish spirit in one of the 400 festivals throughout the year. Music, food, literary, Celtic, film and comedy festivals keep the good craic rolling. Ireland’s national holiday, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated everywhere, with parades, street theatre and a lively carnival atmosphere.

Visit Dublin

Ireland’s capital is buzzing with entertaining cultural pursuits, fine museums, beautiful architecture and lively pubs. Castles, galleries, cathedrals, parks, shopping, fine dining are all available in the capital city. Purchase a Dublin Pass for free access to some top attractions, plus discounts for tours and transportation, theatre, restaurants and shops.

The Guinness Storehouse® and its St. James Gate Brewery in Dublin welcomes over 1 million visitors each year to their on-site stout producing plant. Worth a visit if you enjoy a pint.

Experience Pub Culture

Ireland’s pub culture is legendary. Enjoy witty conversation and a taste of authentic Irish hospitality. Many Irish pubs feature live music – both traditional and modern – as well as great food such as beef and Guinness pie.

Traditional dishes such as Irish stew, soda bread, farmhouse cheese and colcannon (cabbage/kale and potatoes) are still on the menu, but the new wave of Irish cooking focuses on fresh, locally grown ingredients and the catch of the day.