With these hands, I give you my heart and crown it with my loyalty.
The Irish custom is to wear your Claddagh ring to signify your romantic status:
Are you in love? You should wear your Claddagh ring with the heart pointing towards your body.
If you are not yet fully committed, wear your ring with the heart pointing outward.
Are you married or engaged? Then wear it on the third finger of your left hand.
Still single? You should wear it on your right hand.
This uniquely Irish design combines three distinct elements:
Heart in the centre means Love (Grá)
Crown, that sits above all, means Loyalty (Dílseacht)
Hands, holding the heart, mean Friendship (Cairdeas)
This is who we are
It is often said that “we are where we come from…” and this is definitely true for the Skellig Gift Store.
50 years ago armed with my Grandmothers knowledge, experience and encouragement my parents Noreen & Alf followed in her footsteps and laid the foundations for what is to-day the Skellig Gift Store.
It was originally called the Waterville Craft Market after a group of Craft Workers from the Skellig Region came together to present their products exclusively in one place. This is now complemented by work from neighbouring counties, which is simply the best of Irish Craft and design. We still place special emphasis on Kerry Crafts and currently 50% of our suppliers are of Kerry origin. It is our intention to maintain this tradition into the future.
The store is still here in Waterville. If you can, please do come and visit. We have a long established reputation as a destination store for visitors to Kerry. Check out our blog as we start the process of transforming the store with our new branding.