Irish symbols are widely used around the world by all sorts of organisations and individuals to show their pride in their Celtic roots.
Ireland is an ancient country and has been home to several civilisations over thousands of years.
Some of the important symbols used by these ancient communities have come to be symbols of Ireland itself and mean a great deal to many people who are proud of their Irish heritage. They are also numerous pieces of Celtic jewelry that use the ancient symbols as part of their design.
In this section we look at the origins of some of the most famous Celtic symbols.
Click on the icons on the left in the list below to get more information about each symbol.
is a Celtic word meaning inspiration or essence. The Awen symbol represents inspiration or divine illumination and it is one of the lesser known Celtic symbols. The Awen More here
has come to be known as the cross of St Brigid but is actually much older than Christianity. Brigid’s Cross More here
is an Irish symbol of both culture and faith that has inspired many legends. Celtic Cross More here
– symbolises love, loyalty and friendship. Possibly the most well-known Irish symbol. Claddagh Ring More here
– a mark of respect for Irish nationalists who have died in battle, and a symbol of hope and peace for the future. Easter Lily More here
is an ancient Celtic symbol that symbolises the coming of Spring and represents rebirth and vegetation. The Green Man More here
– ancient instrument and a national emblem of Ireland. Harp More here
– national flower of Ireland that has had significance in the country since the days of the Druids. Shamrock More here
– common natural pattern and to the Celts it represents the sun or the radiation of ethereal energy. Spiral More here
symbolises a connection to the other world. Tree of Life More here
– also known as the Trinity Knot, it symbolises an eternal spiritual life. Triquetra More here
– one of the most ancient Irish symbols, over 5,000 years old. Represents the Celtic belief that everything happen in threes. Triskele More here More on Irish Celtic Symbols
Celtic jewelry – symbols of love and friendship
How Ireland protects its harp and shamrock emblems…take care if using them
Why the Guinness harp faces the opposite way to the official Irish harp
Yule – ancient festival pre-dating Christmas
Easter Lily – sign of peace and hope for the future
St Patrick myths and legends
Irish Art – clues to ancient Irish cultures and beliefs
The Green Man – symbol of rebirth
The Awen (The Three Rays of Light)
Celtic Tree of Life (Crann Bethadh)
Triskele – From the Greek meaning ‘three-legged’
Celtic Cross – symbol of faith and culture
Celebrating the rich diversity of Irish culture
Irish Art – pre-dating the Pyramids