Irish Celtic symbols

db_file_img_3980_filled_607xauto[1]Irish Dance Brooch with Claddagh Designdb_file_img_3934_filled_607xauto[1]These are some of the most common/popular symbols found in the Irish/Celtic culture. The harp, the shamrock, the Celtic knot and the infamous Claddagh ring. 

The harp appears on many things from our coins, our uniforms or a pint of the black stuff.

The Claddagh ring has three elements embroiled into one, the hands are for friendship, the heart is for love and the crown represents loyalty.

The Shamrock is probably Ireland’s most famous symbol. Originally used by Saint Patrick to represent the Holy Trinity, it is nowadays associated with bringing luck.

The Celtic knot is a popular symbol in Irish Art and like the shamrock represents the Holy Trinity.
Claddagh Ring with Green CZ StoneSterling Silver Irish Written Gents CladdaghWide Plait Wristband in Celtic Trinity Knot with Pewter Disc

Farming Books for Christmas

Lorna Sixsmith, author and farmer, is one of our newest stockists to Irish Handmade Gifts. Her three books Would You Marry A Farmer?, How To Be A Perfect Farm Wife and An Ideal Farm Husband are now available from our online gift shop with worldwide shipping. This is the first of our interviews with our Irish stockists, all of which are made in Ireland.

Lorna, you are an author and a farmer. Is it easy to merge the two?
lorna-sixsmith-author-picWell, I used to be an English teacher so I do have that background. I don’t get much writing done in the busy calving season whereas the summer is when I tend to get most of my writing done. It’s surprising what ideas come to mind during the “thinking time” of feeding calves or bringing in the cows.

Lorna, are these books all about farming? Who do you think would enjoy them?
They are about farming life – the good, the bad and the ugly in many ways. They aren’t about the technicalities of farming such as increasing milk yield or the best tractor to buy. They are non fiction, realistic and humourous. They explore farming situations with a pinch of salt sometimes.

an-ideal-farm-husbandWould You Marry A Farmer? was my first book and explores the trials and tribulations of doing such a thing – that of marrying a farmer.

How To Be A Perfect Farm Wife shows that farm women would need the superwoman cape to achieve everything expected of them so it includes lots of tips on cheating to give the impression you’re a perfect farm wife.

An Ideal Farm Husband looks at what it takes for men to be an ideal farm husband and points out all those little irritating things he must avoid.

The second and third books have a number of fun quizzes too – to check your progress!

Who enjoys them? Anyone in a farming family will find lots to laugh at. What I hear from readers is someone starts to read it and will read snippets out to other family members and they all laugh lots as they recognise themselves or someone else in it. Non farmers enjoy the books for the insight into farming life too. They are popular gifts for hen parties, stag parties, weddings, engagements and I’ve also heard of farmers including Would You Marry A Farmer? in their marriage proposal.

how-to-be-a-perfect-farm-wifeThey say you should write about what you know. Would you agree?

Well, I do include much of our own lives in the books, some funny anecdotes as well as my own perspective on things sometimes. Having been away from farming from many years probably helped me to observe farming life from “outside the box” and to see the humour in it. Farmers are very similar the world over and being one means that I share and can understand many of their feelings about life.

The books contain quite a lot of historical detail. Why did you decide to include this?

I’ve found that readers really enjoy learning about farming in the past so it’s very much a social history. I explore the more humourous aspects of farming life such as funny personal ads, articles where writers discussed what made an ideal husband, and what women thought of farmers as husbands in the 1950s. It’s also interesting to compare how farmers are represented in the media in the past compared to today.

As you know, we stock gifts made in Ireland. Are your books produced here?

Yes, it’s 100% Irish. Written in Ireland, about Irish farmers mainly, my editor and illustrator both live in Ireland and the books are printed in Naas.

So if you’re looking for a perfect gift for a Christmas stocking for those farming or interested in farming this year, these will fit the bill. Available online with shipping worldside.

 

5 Perfect Stocking Fillers For Men (with the luck of the Irish)

Trying to buy a gift for the man who has everything can be difficult enough but what about when you’re trying to find a few special gifts for his Christmas stocking? You want gifts that will be appreciated, used, enjoyed don’t you? Here’s our top 5 stocking fillers for the man in your life, all with a touch of Ireland.

1.Irish CufflinksWCL2B Large Celtic Warrior Cufflinks with 18K Gold Bead.

Cufflinks are the ultimate in sophistication and a great contemporary gift idea. The forerunner to the modern cuff link appeared in the early 1500’s when prominent men began wearing their shirts with ruffed wristbands tied together with strings. Legend says that the modern cuff link was born (or at least achieved popularity) in the pages of Alexander Dumas ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’. A character in the book sported enormous diamonds on his shirt cuffs that sparked great envy in everyone who looked on them. Not long after the book was published, tailors recognized how important it could be, to a “proper gentleman’s” clothing. Today celebrities and businessmen alike wear cufflinks as a sign of finesse and good taste. Imagine his delight when he finds a box containing the Irish Boru Celtic warrior cufflinks in the toe of his Christmas stocking.

2. Keyring with an Irish Saying!Stocking Fillers Celtic Slang Gobshite Keyring

Perfect stocking fillers can be hard to find. These are a great budget gift ideas and a great gift from Ireland. Traditional Celtic phrases with English translations make it a fun gift for Christmas morning.

3. Classic Cars.

Classic Cars Coasters (4)

If the man in your life has a passion for cars and for him there are few thing better than cruising down the road in a classic car. Detailing many amazing classic cars, this beautifully illustrated book won’t disappoint the young and old who share that passion !

 

 

Heineken Bottle Clock

4. Heineken Bottle Clock.

Man Cave! This is an important space! Is your guy totally proud of his man cave? The man who decorates it is showing off his favourite things.Help him make it even more impressive with this Bottle clock!

 

5.Plain Tweed Vintage Cap Irish Timeless Tweed Cap.

When you think of old world craftsmanship that you can savour in your hand and on your head.Making you look smoother and smarter!

 

Wishing you a very merry Christmas and hoping that your Christmas stocking will have a touch of the Irish in it.