6.8.2013

The Romance behind the Claddagh Ring

Claddagh ring romance

Most of you have heard of, worn or seen a Claddagh ring. (If not, then you obviously haven’t read my explanation of the popular Irish ring here!)

But do you know why this ring has spread like wildfire around the world? It all started in Galway, Ireland, down the street from my apartment…

Of course my apartment didn’t exist back then. But a little village called the Claddagh did.

For centuries, the ring was used as a wedding ring in the Claddagh village which perched just outside the Galway city walls. (It wasn’t called the “Claddagh ring” until much later.)

But where did the humble fishermen of the Claddagh village get this quirky little ring?

A native named Richard Joyce.

Now, like any legend, Richard Joyce has many rival legends. One of these includes an eagle dropping the first Claddagh ring into a woman’s lap.

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6.7.2013

4 Ways to Send a Signal with your Claddagh Ring

Claddagh signals how to wear it galway, Ireland

A lot of you own Claddagh rings.

But are you sure you’re wearing it right?

For those of you that don’t know, the Claddagh ring looks like this:

A silver Claddagh ring. Via http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Silver_Ring_of_Claddagh.jpg.

A silver specimen.
Via Benutzer:MoMo on commons.wikimedia.org.

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5.31.2013

9 MORE Annoying Words I Never Used until I Moved to Ireland

Back by popular demand

The next army of Irish colloquialisms to storm my American vocabulary. Without further ado:

1. Press: Cabinet. The “hot press” is a closet where…it…there’s…hot? I think the boiler’s in there or something.

“There was chocolate in my press and now there’s not. Who is responsible?”

Take cookie and run Ireland GIF

I caught you red-handed!
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5.16.2013

An American’s Guide to the Eurovision

I’d heard of Eurovision a few times before.

Like when my boyfriend requested “Euphoria” at a birthday party in a nightclub. Don’t understand why that’s embarrassing? Here you go.

But then May 2013 rolled around. And now my life will never be the same.

If you’ve never heard of or seen the Eurovision before, think:

A Europe-only Olympics

Eurovision America not invited GIF

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+ That part of The Hunger Games where the Tributes are in the Capitol being interviewed on TV

katniss

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+ Actresses that play pop stars in movies

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Via collectivelycaitlin.blogspot.com.

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5.11.2013

9 Annoying Words I Never Used until I Moved to Ireland

There’s a tiny but definite language barrier for Americans visiting Ireland. Not a big one. Just takes a bit of a run, skip and a jump to clear, but it’s definitely there.

Aside from the lilting accent that twists vowels into incomprehensible flourishes, there are also plenty of words that trip up the unassuming foreigner.

Some of them I already knew from Harry Potter. And others had me as confused as a Chihuahua among St. Bernards.

Oddly topical. Via Buzzfeed.com

Oddly topical.
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