The Tale of the Ring

Galway Claddagh Shop

“Claddagh: The Tale of the Ring” follows the adventures of Richard as a young boy, as he leaves his beloved Claddagh home from the Spanish Arch on a ship bound for foreign lands.

It is a wonderful tale of friendship, loyalty and love; Richard’s exciting journey at sea and in foreign places unfolds dramatically with all sorts of exciting dilemmas and escapades. From his jewellery apprenticeship in Algiers, where he learned to work precious metals and form rings, bracelets and other jewellery, to his romantic, heroic homecoming this heart-warming tale fully captures the imagination of children and adults alike.

“Claddagh: The Tale of the Ring" is the brainchild of Robert Smyth, the creator of "I had an idea for a series of books for children using Galway locations. The obvious one to start with was the Claddagh Ring story. I was interested in getting behind the legend and exploring what life was like in the Claddagh in the late 17th century, and in imagining how Galway looked around that time.”


Philip Fried of Claddagh Jewellers explains his interest in “Claddagh: The Tale of the Ring” and why he decided to sponsor the book, “I’ve known Rob Smyth for many years and when he approached us with his idea of compiling and publishing a children’s book on the story of the Claddagh Ring we were delighted to get involved, especially as the theme of the book fitted so well with our business. At Claddagh Jewellers we take great pride in being makers of the Claddagh Ring, a Galway tradition with such a long history. To have an opportunity to remind the younger generation of this part of their heritage was very much at the forefront of our decision to sponsor this fine book.

People, both of Irish descent and the many others who access our website from all over the world, will have the opportunity to learn more about this particular icon of Irish culture, helping to keep the values behind this beautiful design alive into the 21st century.”

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