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claddagh

[klah-duh] /ˈklɑ də/
noun
1.
a ring in the form of two hands clasping a crowned heart, given in friendship or love.
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  • One nailed me as I was passing her vegetable shop in the claddagh.

    Just Irish Charles Battell Loomis
  • The Englishman who desires a new sensation should pay a visit to the claddagh.

    A Little Tour In Ireland S. Reynolds Hole
  • The claddagh fishing village by Galway is something not to be missed.

  • I am told that no citizen of claddagh has ever been before a Galway court, either as a plaintiff or defendant.

    One Irish Summer William Eleroy Curtis
  • A large number of the population is employed in the salmon and herring fishery, and the claddagh is their home.

    On an Irish Jaunting-car Samuel G. Bayne
  • The claddagh ring—two hands holding a heart—becomes an heirloom in a family, and is handed down from mother to daughter.

    On an Irish Jaunting-car Samuel G. Bayne
  • Galway is divided into the old and new towns, while a suburb known as the claddagh is inhabited by fishermen.

  • Specimens of the distinctive claddagh ring, for example, were worn and treasured as venerated heirlooms.

  • During that time have you known of many instances of illegitimate children being born in the claddagh?

    The South Isles of Aran Oliver J. Burke
  • It is called claddagh, and consists of a colony of fishermen numbering with their families some five or six thousand.

    Wanderings in Ireland Michael Myers Shoemaker
Word Origin and History for claddagh

in Claddagh ring (Irish fáinne Chladach), from village of Claddagh, County Gallway. The village name is literally "stony beach."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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