Travel

The Claddagh Ring – from Galway Ireland

ringThe Claddagh Ring originated from Bartholomew Fallon a 17th-century Irish goldsmith based in Galway. While visiting this amazing town I stopped at a jewelers home who makes these rings in the traditional manner. There are many different legends of the history of the ring one legend has it that the silversmith Richard Joyce from Galway was captured and enslaved by Algerian Corsairs around 1675 while on a passage to the West Indies; he was sold into slavery to a Moorish goldsmith who taught him the craft. Upon his release and return to Galway he brought along with him the ring he had fashioned while in captivity: what we’ve come to know as the Claddagh. He gave the ring to his sweetheart, married, and became a goldsmith with success. His initials are in one of the earliest surviving Claddagh rings but there are three other rings also made around that time, bearing the mark of goldsmith Thomas Meade.

Here in this photo you can see the image of the ring just above the doorway.