Irish Christmas Traditions

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irish christmas traditions infographic Like most countries, #Ireland has many of it’s own wonderful #Irish #Christmas traditions. Ireland’s Christmas traditions that have survived to modern times are steeped in Celtic culture and religious faith. Some of our favorite Irish Christmas Traditions are placing a candle in your homes window, the Laden Table, St. Stephens Day, Plum Pudding, and Women’s Christmas. Read more about this treasured Irish Christmas. http://www.theirishjewelrycompany.com/irish-christmas-traditions/

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The Dullahan – The Irish Headless Horseman

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The Irish legend of the Dullahan, or English translation “dark man” is unnerving. The Headless Horseman or Dullahan is the Irishdullahan the irish jewelry company foreteller of death. The Dullahan rides a jet black horse with flames shooting from its eyes, carrying his head under one arm. Irish folklore says that when he stops riding, a human dies.


There are many versions of this scary tale. Some say that the Dullahan throws buckets of blood at people he passes, while other say he simply calls out the name of the mortal that will soon die.
But as with most evil entities the Dullahan has a weakness. The Dullahan can not stand the sight of GOLD. So you would be wise when traveling on this Halloween to carry a wee bit of in case you have a run-in with this headless horror!

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Irish Fairies and Anti Fairy Measures

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In Ireland there are fairies, good natured and there are FAIRIES. If you’ve ever traveled at night on the winding Irish back roads in the countryside of Ireland you would know it is a kind of eerie darkness that puts fear in your very heart. One can easily imagine something moving over the moors or hearing the forlorn screech of a dammed fairy.

celtic fairyAs a child in Ireland you are warned to not play inside a fairy fort because the fairies don’t like it and might curse you or worse they might fancy you. Fairy forts are mounds or hills found all over Ireland. They are the ruins of circular mound dwellings in which people lived during the Iron Age such as Newgrange.

‘Away with the fairies’is an old Irish expression referring to someone whose mind is elsewhere. It originated with the belief in the folklore that mischievous…

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Barmbrack Recipe

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Barmbrack is the center of an Irish Halloween custom. The Halloween Brack traditionally contained various objects baked into the bread and was used as a sort of fortune-telling game. In the barmbrack were: a pea, a stick, a piece of cloth, a small coin (originally a silver sixpence) and a ring. Each item, when received in the slice, was supposed to carry a meaning to the person concerned: the pea, the person would not marry that year; the stick, would have an unhappy marriage or continually be in disputes; the cloth or rag, would have bad luck or be 12002851_1068039236547381_8260594681565605031_npoor; the coin, would enjoy good fortune or be rich; and the ring, would be wed within the year. Other articles added to the brack include a medallion, usually of the Virgin Mary to symbolize going into the priesthood or to the Nuns, although this tradition is not widely continued in…

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The Banshee | Scream of the Banshee

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The Banshee…. bean-sidhe (woman of the fairy may be an ancestral spirit appointed to forewarn members of certain ancient 220px-BansheeIrish families of their time of death. According to tradition, the banshee can only cry for five major Irish families: the O’Neills, the O’Briens, the O’Connors, the O’Gradys and the Kavanaghs. Intermarriage has since extended this select list.
Whatever her origins, the banshee chiefly appears in one of three guises: a young woman, a stately matron or a raddled old hag. These represent the triple aspects of the Celtic goddess of war and death, namely Badhbh, Macha and Mor-Rioghain.) She usually wears either a grey, hooded cloak or the winding sheet or grave robe of the unshriven dead. She may also appear as a washer-woman, and is seen apparently washing the blood stained clothes of those who are about to die. In this guise she is known as the…

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Colcannon (I love this stuff) A tradition Halloween meal.

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12042678_10156171951110245_934213265156568500_nColcannon Recipe

Ingredients:
• 1 lb potatoes
• 1 lb kale or cabbage
• Onion or leek
• 1/4 cup milk
• Butter, salt and pepper

Directions:
First peel and boil the potatoes. Then chop the kale or cabbage up small. Steam cabbage until tender, about 8 minutes. Then saute the onion until golden. Mash the potatoes well, and mix with the cabbage and onion. Add a wee bit of milk and butter to get that creamy consistency. Then salt and pepper to taste. Bake in a medium oven for about 15 minutes.

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Irish Beef Stew with Irish Stout

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Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp plain flour (corn starch if you want it to be gluten free)
  • 1 ½lb stew beef, trimmed and cut into chunks
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 2-3 large carrots, sliced
  • 1 ½ cups beef stock (from a stock cube is fine)
  • 1 cup of Irish Stout (omit for gluten free and increase beef stock by 1 cup)
  • dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 lbs even-sized peeled potatoes
  • 3 tbsp (1 ½oz) Irish Butter
  • salt and pepper

Coat beef with corn starch. Brown stew beef in a pot with butter and onions. Add carrots, thyme, potatoes, stock, stout and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 1 1/2-2 hours until beef is tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Irish Beef Stew

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IRISH HALLOWEEN TRADITIONS and Samhain History

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The Celts celebrated Halloween as Samhain, ‘All Hallowtide’ – the ‘Feast of the Dead’, when the dead revisited the mortal world. The celebration marked the end of Summer and the start of the Winter months.

During the eighth century the Catholic Church designated the first day of November as ‘All Saints Day’ (‘All Hallows’) – a day of commemoration for those Saints that did not have a specific day of remembrance. The night before was known as ‘All Hallows Eve’ which, over time, became known as Halloween.

Here are the most notable Irish Halloween Traditions:

Colcannon for Dinner:
Boiled Potato, Curly Kale (a cabbage) and raw Onions are provided as the traditional Irish Halloween dinner. Clean coins are wrapped in baking paper and placed in the potato for children to find and keep.

The Barnbrack Cake:
The traditional Halloween cake in Ireland is the barnbrack which is a fruit bread…

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Family Jewelry – Treasured Family Heirlooms

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We have all heard of the infamous “grandma’s ring” or Aunt Mary’s necklace. For generations family members have always gravitated to that one piece of jewelry that symbolized their family bond. That one piece of jewelry you always remembered seeing your loved one wear. Passing on these beautiful pieces of family jewelry like a mother’s ring or family birthstone necklace has been treasured and is currently seeing a resurgent’s in popularity amongst young couples and families today.

Family jewelry can take on several forms of sentimental jewelry. Often these pieces mark various special occasions like a child’s birth, a bond between mother and child, the birthstones of grandchildren or significant life changes or milestones.

Every family is different, but every family is special. A beautiful piece of family jewelry especially something that pays tribute to one’s cultural heritage as well is even more meaningful. Family jewelry is perfect for moms to be, new moms, mothers and grandmothers.

Mother’s Jewelry

Take for instance “Mother’s Jewelry”. This is an entire category of jewelry often talkies dedicated to the mom. It usually always says the word Mom or Mother. Often these designs are incorporated with flowers since then are usually given around or on Mother’s Day. In the case of Irish jewelry, an Irish mother’s necklace would include shamrocks because you are so lucky to have her.

Mother’s Claddagh

The meaning of the Mothers Claddagh is one of true sentiment. The mother’s claddagh is a stylized parent and child embrace. It represents the Madonna and child and is combined with a traditional Irish claddagh. The claddagh is the symbol of friendship, love and loyalty. The claddagh is an Irish symbol that appeals to Irish and non-Irish alike. This beautiful collection of jewelry is a testament to the enduring bond between a mother, her child, faith and heritage.

Celtic Mother’s Knot

The Celtic Mother’s Knot is traditional holy trinity knot stylized with a parent and child embrace. Like the Mother’s Claddagh this mother and child union is symbolic of the Madonna and child. This beautiful religious symbol combined with a Celtic trinity knot it is a real symbol of the faithful bond between a mother and her child.

Family Birthstone Jewelry

Birthstone jewelry usually marks the birthdays of a group of family members like children or grandchildren. The Claddagh Family Birthstone Necklace is the perfect symbol of the Irish family bond. Wear this birthstone charm alone to represent your own birthstone or in multiples to signify your children or grandchildren. This family birthstone necklace is completely customizable. You can personalize each family necklace in your choice of birthstone charms and in your choice of chain lengths as an original Mothers necklace. Each birthstone charm can represent a family member, child or grandchild. Either way, no matter the number of claddagh birthstone charms, this Irish family necklace is beautiful. Family jewelry is a perfect way to say thank you mom.

Baby Bootie Charms

Now baby bootie charms are all truly adorable but an Irish baby bootie charm really takes it to that extra level of awesome. An Irish Baby Bootie Necklace is too cute for words. These Irish baby shoe charms are a brilliant reminder of just how precious our wee ones are. Each enamel baby shoe charm has a tiny shamrock in CZ. What Irish mother, mom to be or grandmother wouldn’t feel blessed to wear this Irish baby bootie necklace? Engraved on the sole of the baby shoe charm is the double shamrock and trinity knot symbolizing the spiritual bond between mother, child and God? These Irish baby shoe charms come in three colors, pink, blue and green.

Family is very important. Celebrate this strong bond with loved ones through a beautiful piece of jewelry you’ll be proud to pass on for generations to come.

Jennifer Derrig,
Owner of The Irish Jewelry Company
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