“Claddagh: The Tale of the Ring” is an exciting children’s book which was launched on the 7th of November by Mayor of Galway City Brian Walsh in the Spanish Arch Hotel. Founder of GalwayOnline.com Robert Smyth and Philip Fried of Claddagh Jewellers have collaborated to publish this beautiful and engaging tale of the adventures of Richard Joyce, the original designer and creator of the first Claddagh Ring.
Galway City, the Claddagh and the legend of the Claddagh Ring are vividly brought to life through the book’s wonderfully-told story and striking illustrations. It also features some of Galway’s best loved landmarks, including seventeenth century Shop St., Spanish Arch, City Walls and other well-known areas. This is a special story that belongs to Galway and its heritage, and provides perfect bedtime reading for a family audience both in Galway and the world over. Written by Patricia McAdoo and illustrated by James Newell, the book has been entirely produced and printed in Galway.
Claddagh Jewellers know that the importance of the Claddagh symbol represents more than the expressions of love, friendship, loyalty or fidelity. It invokes not only feelings of heritage and belonging but also, through these shared universal concepts, a message of peace. The Claddagh Ring is worn by people all over the world; by those with family roots in Galway, by people that simply love the design, by those who have visited Galway and by people who use the ring as a symbol of fraternity membership.
The publishers of the book are very aware that often the culture and heritage of Galway goes unknown, even by people who spend their entire lives here. Now the story of the Claddagh Ring and the meaning of the design can be passed from generation to generation through this delightful tale.