Claddagh Ring, The

by Malachy McCourt | History |
ISBN: 0762420146 Global Overview for this book
Registered by winghyphen8wing of Honolulu, Hawaii USA on 2/15/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by winghyphen8wing from Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Monday, February 20, 2012
Subtitle: Ireland's Cherished Symbol of Friendship, Loyalty & Love

A interesting look at the history of the well-known Claddagh ring: where it came from and what it has come to mean today.

Journal Entry 2 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (5/29/2012 UTC) at Honolulu, Hawaii USA

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Headed out in MaryZee's Biographies of Things box.

This book was set free to find a new reader; I'm so glad you've found it!

Free your books - help spread the words!

Journal Entry 3 by wingAzukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Tuesday, August 28, 2012
I am afraid I don't know much about the Claddagh Ring, but I do recognize McCourt, so out of the box this goes...

Journal Entry 4 by wingAzukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Read this for the St Patty Read-a-thon. What's more appropriate than this? And in the book it actually has a few pages' mention of the saint!
Quite an interesting quick read. This is now reserved for the next round of MaryZee's Biographies of Things box.

Journal Entry 5 by wingAzukiwing at Biographies of Things, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Monday, November 18, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (11/18/2013 UTC) at Biographies of Things, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases

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Putting into bookbox.

Journal Entry 6 by wingNancyNovawing at Lansdale, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, December 23, 2013
taken from the things bookbox, perhaps to be paired up with the Irish challenge in 2014? Adding to the shorter stash of TBRs

Journal Entry 7 by wingNancyNovawing at Lansdale, Pennsylvania USA on Friday, April 10, 2015
from the things bookbox; Unfortunately, I can't say that I learned much new information from this book. The book slightly references how the Roman's didn't conquer Ireland: read How the Irish Saved Civilization for much more info on that. And it weaves in a few bits and pieces of folklore, as it tries to substantiate what the Claddagh Ring is and where it came from.

This will travel forward in the tag game.

Journal Entry 8 by wingNancyNovawing at ~ RABCK ~, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Saturday, April 18, 2015

Released 5 yrs ago (4/18/2015 UTC) at ~ RABCK ~, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA

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A Wishlist book. Enjoy!

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Journal Entry 9 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Friday, April 24, 2015
Thank you for sending this via the Wishlist-tag game. (Sorry for the late journal; I returned last night from two weeks away). Look forward to reading it!

Journal Entry 10 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday, February 22, 2017
A short history of the Claddagh ring, from the two main legends explaining its origin, to modern times. It encompasses the manufacture of the ring, the meaning (of course!) , and its relation to similar items from Ancient History. Already a short book, there’s a fair amount of what I’d call “filler”, but it was all quite interesting.

I always wanted a Claddagh ring, but felt like I shouldn’t have one as I’m only 1/8 Irish. So I finally found a small (<1/2”) lapel pin that I sometimes wear on St. Patrick’s Day. But I had friends that wore the ring, and I knew (but had forgotten until the book refreshed my memory) that the way you wear it – heart facing in or out, and even on which hand – has a significance.

I never knew that Claddagh was not just a fishing village, but a kind of an autonomous region, with its own king. Sadly, now the original settlement is gone, but the area remains a popular place to visit.

The discussion of Irish wedding customs, past and present, was fun to read. Some things haven’t changed much, and some come full circle: a return to – or adaptation of – older customs can be found in present-day weddings.

The book opens and closes with mention of 9/11: when people were looking for missing relatives and friends, one rather common distinguishing feature mentioned in the signs they posted was that the loved one had been wearing a Claddagh ring. A New York Times reporter estimated that one in five of the deceased in the towers had some Irish background. And a considerable number of Claddagh rings were found in the ruins.
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Adding to 6of8's Biographies of Things bookbox.

Journal Entry 11 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Friday, February 24, 2017

Released 3 yrs ago (2/24/2017 UTC) at Winchester, Massachusetts USA

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Traveling in 6of8's Biographies of Things bookbox.




Journal Entry 12 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, February 28, 2017
I'm claiming this well-traveled book from the Biographies of Things bookbox - should be just the thing for the Irish release challenge!

Later: Not a lot to add to the other comments - I found the 9/11 references to the many Irish-heritage victims (quite a few of them police or firefighters) poignant, and the legends about the origin of the rings rather amusing. I was also enticed into doing some Googling to find images of the oldest known rings - though the results did tend to lead me to jewelry and souvenir shops selling newer ones! My favorite part of the book was about the village and its customs - including the entertaining concept of "Galway hookers", a type of old fishing boat. I also liked the quote from Oscar Wilde's mother's book about charms and superstitions, describing an Irish wedding - though, oddly, it never mentioned rings at all {wry grin}.

Journal Entry 13 by wingGoryDetailswing at Peddler's Daughter, 48 Main St in Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, March 04, 2017

Released 3 yrs ago (3/4/2017 UTC) at Peddler's Daughter, 48 Main St in Nashua, New Hampshire USA

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I plan to leave this book in or near the Peddler's Daughter Irish pub at around 3:45 or so; hope the finder enjoys it!

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*** Released for the 2017 Keep Them Moving release challenge. ***

*** Released for the 2017 Oh, the Places We Can Go release challenge. ***

*** Released for the 2017 Celebrate the Irish release challenge. ***

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