Art Journaling Entry - Fairy tales and Folk Tales Art Journal

by Helen
(Ireland)

The Legend of the Claddagh Ring- Art Journaling Entry - Fairy tales and Folk Tales Art  Journal

The Legend of the Claddagh Ring- Art Journaling Entry - Fairy tales and Folk Tales Art Journal

The Legend of the Claddagh Ring- Art Journaling Entry - Fairy tales and Folk Tales Art Journal


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I toyed with several ideas for Monika's journal as it is such a fun theme, it was hard to choose, but in the end I settled on the Legend of the Claddagh which I felt was the most poignant.

It takes into account not only Romance, but also honour, loyalty and friendship. Traits that I and I am sure most others hold dear.

The Claddagh to me symbolizes what most of us are looking for in our relationships with others. I hope you enjoy the legend and the thoughts behind it.

I have written below what it might be too difficult to read on the photo of the page.

This is the story of the mystical and beautiful Claddagh ring, first told over 300 years ago in the ancient village of the Claddagh outside the walls of the city of Galway on the west coast of Ireland.

Legend has it that shortly before he was due to be married, a fisherman Richard Joyce was captured at sea by pirates and sold into slavery in Algeria.

He was bought by Moorish goldsmith, who sensing his potential began to train him in his craft. In time Richard Joyce became a fully proficient master craftsman and with thoughts of the girl he had left behind close to his heart, he fashioned the first Claddagh Ring. The heart symbolising love, the pair of hands representing friendship and the crown for loyalty and fidelity.
In 1698 King George III made an agreement to free all slaves, Richard Joyce found himself once more a free man.

His master, who had by now grown very fond of him offered half of his fortune and his daughter in marriage if he would remain in Algiers, but Joyce declined and returned home to Galway.
Where he found that his fiancé had never married. He gave her the Claddagh rind and they were married and lived happily ever after.

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Helen your page is just lovely, your colours and you words are really touching.

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This page is even more beautiful in real life as I have the journal this month. Well done Helen

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