Sunday, April 11, 2010

the Claddagh

The Claddagh - Irish Friendship, Wedding Symbol




The Claddagh is a visual portrayal of the eternal bond
of friendship, loyalty, and love.
The Heart symbolizes love, life's finest impulse.
From it, generosity and compassion flow.
The Hands of friendship are clasped around the heart
in a gesture of giving. As they cradle the heart gently,
the hands are both protective and strong,
like true friendship.
The Crown symbolizes loyalty.
It represents the reward of love,
the highest achievement
the human spirit has yet accomplished.
To give the Claddagh is to forge forever the bonds
of love, friendship, and loyalty.