The question is, how do you pronounce claddagh, this tricky word?
We know from the Gaelic spelling of the word that it was originally pronounced [klad-ukh] and that it was sounded out with a harsh, guttural finish that is typical to Irish terms when spoken. As a result, the term is now more typically pronounced [klad-uh] without the ‘gaelic touch.’
The Claddagh’s Origins
It is the anglicized version of the Gaelic term ‘Cladach’, which means “seashore” in ancient Irish. Ireland’s old fishing hamlet of Claddagh, whence the ring is called, is the inspiration for its traditional design. After the rocky coastline on which it was constructed, the town received its name.
A Promise Inspired by Ireland
When searching for a ring to commemorate a particular event such as a birthday, engagement, anniversary, or any significant occasion, consider a claddagh ring, which is also known as an Irish promise ring.
The three elements of the promise ring—the hands, the crown, and the heart—represent love, friendship, and loyalty, respectively. A claddagh ring, which may be worn by both men and women, serves as an everlasting reminder of a commitment made between the user and the gift giver. There isn’t a more significant present than a sterling silver claddagh ring, is there?