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Irish Symbols

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 numeous pieces of Celtic jewelry that use the ancient symbols as part of their design.

Celtic symbols copyright Ireland Calling

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.

Celtic symbols - The Awen copyright Ireland CallingThe Awen is a Celtic word meaning inspiration or essence. The Awen symbol represents inspiration or divine illumination. More here

Brigid's Cross copyright Ireland CallingBrigid’s Cross has come to be known as the cross of St Brigid but is actually much older than Christianity. More here

Celtic Cross copyright Ireland CallingCeltic Cross is a symbol of both culture and faith that has inspired many legends. More here

Claddagh Ring copyright Ireland CallingCladdagh Ring – symbolises love, loyalty and friendship. More here

Easter LilyEaster Lily – a mark of respect for Irish nationalists who have died in battle, and a symbol of hope and peace for the future. More here

The Green Man copyright Ireland CallingThe Green Man is an ancient Celtic symbol that symbolises the coming of Spring and represents rebirth and vegetation. More here

Celtic symbols, harp copyright Ireland CallingHarp – ancient instrument and a national emblem of Ireland. More here

Shamrock copyright Ireland CallingShamrock – national flower of Ireland that has had significance in the country since the days of the Druids. More here

Celtic symbol - Spiral copyright Ireland CallingSpiral – common natural pattern and to the Celts it represents the sun or the radiation of ethereal energy. More here

Tree of Life copyright Ireland CallingTree of Life symbolises a connection to the other world. More here

Triquetra copyright Ireland CallingTriquetra – also known as the Trinity Knot, it symbolises an eternal spiritual life. More here

Triskele copyright Ireland CallingTriskele – one of the most ancient Irish symbols, over 5,000 years old. Represents the Celtic belief that everything happen in threes. More here

Gold Celtic Cross