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Irish Culture and Customes :
- How to Pronounce the word Claddagh
- Origins of the word Claddagh
- Irish Promise Ring
- How to wear a claddagh ring
Written by Ciara Ó Deirg on December 6, 2019
The Irish word Claddagh is pronounced [klah-duh] with an emphasis on first syllable. It is also called a fáinne Chladaigh in Irish or in gaelic the Cladach pronounced [klad-ukh].
Where did the word Claddagh originate?
The word Claddagh is the anglicized form of the Irish gaelic word for 'Cladach', old-Irish word for 'seashore'.Claddagh is a fishing village located just outside the old city walls of Co. Galway, ireland. Galway is names after the stoney seashore it was built on.
The Claddagh ring a symbol of friendship, love and loyalty is a romantic promise ring reconized world wide. A promise ring is given as a promise of commitment between two people. It is often given prior to an egagement ring as a first token of a budding serious relationship.
- To wear a Claddagh ring on the right hand with the crown turned outwards, away from you indicates that the wearer is single.
- To wear a Claddagh ring on the right hand with the crown turned inward, towards you symbolizes that the wearer is being courted in a relationship.
- To wear a Claddagh ring on the left hand with the crown turned outwards, away from you indicates a romantic engagement.
- To wear a Claddagh ring on the left hand with the crown turned inward, towards you on the left hand indicates marriage.