Historians believe Celtic clans first settled in Germany and Austria from near 1,200BC. The clans were a society of agriculturalists and soldiers. It is believed around the time of the 4th and 3rd centuries BC, the Celts migrated south across France and to the Iberian Peninsula. It was around 500BC when the Celts first arrived in Britain and Ireland. Over hundreds of years the Celts spread throughout the Irelandâ€™s countryside. In the fifth century by the time Christianity came to Ireland the Celtic language, traditions and culture were the dominant force in Ireland.
Did you know that Ireland, the beautiful emerald isle, was one of the very first countries to adopt the use of surnames or better yet Irish surnames? Many the Irish surnames of come from the reign of Brian Boru and the clans of that time. Brian Boru was the High King of Ireland who was defeated protecting Ireland from a Vikings invasion.
Like many surnames, Irish surnames were started to identify a son separately from his father or a grandson from his grandfather but from them. Irish
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.
History tells us birthstones have been used since the first century as a way to give good luck on one's birthday. Gemstones are associated with each month and each precious stone has designated qualities associated with it.
The traditional birthstone list contains older birthstones and is sometimes combined with the modern birthstone
In Celtic mythology, the Cat is a beast that is both adored and despised. Those in search of Otherworldly abilities sought him, but not in a kind or compassionate way. For those who were fearful of supernatural forces believed to exist outside of the church, the cat was a sign that the devil's hand was close at hand. This idea would eventually grow so widespread that merely possessing a cat would be seen as extremely hazardous.