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 What Better Place is there to celebrate your Romance than in Ireland?

Romantic couple on Irish hillside

Imagine the welcoming fire of a 17th century Manor House  in Ireland inviting you into your suite. It’s the perfect atmosphere to reconnect, to unwind, and to enjoy each other.

If you can motivate yourselves to be around other people, take a side trip to the awesome Cliffs of Moher.  For your next stop we’d suggest an elegant castle built in 1590.  Just closeby, it’s the perfect retreat.  Cuddle up and explore the gardens, or amble over to legendary Killarney.  Wrap up your magnificent castle lodging at the library bar.  It is the ultimate kiss.

Dingle is one of Ireland’s best-loved towns, and we’re particularly fond of the Presidential Suite, one of the finest lodgings in Kerry. Dingle’s glorious bay, lovely shops and a world of music… Dingle’s hotel spa and gourmet restaurant are yours for the asking.   Finally, we’d suggest you indulge in each other’s company in charming Adare, and why not make it a Conde Nast Choice Manor House?  840 acres of rolling parkland and gardens will surround you with peace and beauty.

Sometimes the world spins so quickly, and we lose each other.  Our cure?  Surrender, and let Ireland stoke the flames.

featured writers, Meredith and Win Blevins.

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The Irish Crown of Love Ring

The Traditional Irish love ring is called the claddagh.  Two hands, holding tight to a heart, below a crown.  What were its surprising origins?

Well.  The ring was designed by a Galway man, Richard Joyce who was captured by an Algerian corsair while sailing to the West Indies in the 17th century.  Next?  What else.  He was sold into the service of a goldsmith in Algiers.  What a trip!

Joyce became a terrific goldsmith.  William III demanded the Moors release their Brit prisoners.  Holy Smoke!  The goldsmith offered half of his fortune and his daughter’s hand in marriage if Joyce would stay and become his partner.

Thanks,  but no thanks.  The Galway goldsmith was still in love with his sweetie back home, and when he returned to Claddagh, he gave his honey the ring he’d made for her while he was in Algiers.

It’s still traditional to give this ring to the object of your affections, and it’s become, well, almost a cultural symbol, worn by the Irish and those who love Ireland, the world around.  Understandable–it is truly a ring of grace, love and beauty.

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