We recently had a new hand carved wooden sign made for the shop. It was made by Ritchie Clarke from Mullingar Co. Westmeath.
He has been woodcarving for almost twenty years. A carpenter/cabinet maker by trade, wood carving seemed a totally natural progression for him. He is mostly self-taught but has been lucky enough to have had tuition from Chris Pye the master woodcarver. His influences are mainly Celtic mythology and Irish folklore. Characters from Irish mythology and folklore offer a wealth of amazing material for him.
When we contacted him explaining what we were looking for we ended up with an Oak Greenman design. We wanted something eye catching and unique so Ritchie suggested designing a young Celtic warrior type Greenman. As we know the Greenman stands for renewal and vitality in nature, so as the shop takes a new direction with design and ideas, this sign symbolises that.
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In Celtic folklore, the shamrock was also a charm against evil and is said to bring the bearer good luck. So be sure to carry one whenever you play the lottery or attend one of your favourite team’s sporting occasions!
A century has passed since Ireland’s monumental 1916 Easter Uprising took place on the streets of Dublin.
Expertise from author and Irish military historian Paul O’Brien, and Dr Joanna Brück, a reader in archeaology at University of Bristol and former senior lecturer at UCD’s School of Archaeology, shows the physical scars left by the 1916 Rising in Dublin - the hub of the rebellion.