ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Ring Of Claddagh, what does it mean?

Updated on March 2, 2016

The Beautiful Claddagh Ring

Do you have a Claddagh Ring?

Anyone with a drop of Irish heritage looks good in one of these symbolic rings. Single, married, women, men, young or old, the ring will suit you and you don't even have to be Irish.

I want a claddagh ring!

This lovely Claddagh Ring is just $20 from Amazon.

What does the Ring of Claddagh mean?

Anyone can wear it

The ring of claddagh is made up of three distinctive features the hands, the heart and the crown and they mean the following,

The Hands - means friendship

The Heart - means love

The Crown - means loyalty

You don't have to wear it as a betrothal ring, or as a wedding ring. It's a ring of friendship.

I would wear a claddagh ring as a sign that I have a special place in my heart for Ireland.

image : Chridhe Gaidhlig Cuore Gaelico

How to wear the Claddagh Ring - There are four ways to wear it

There are four traditional ways to wear the Ring of Claddagh


  1. If you're free, wear your Claddagh ring on the right hand with the bottom of the heart pointing out.
  2. When you're serious, wear your Claddagh on the right hand with the bottom of the heart pointing up.
  3. When you're engaged, the ring goes on the third finger of the left hand, with the heart pointing out.
  4. After the wedding, the ring is on the wedding finger with the heart pointing up (to your heart.)

Where did the Claddagh Ring come from?

Two interesting stories about the design

There are two interesting versions of the origin of the design used in the Ring of Claddagh, and both of them are associated with the Joyce clan

Richard Joyce And The Ring Of Claddagh

A story about the origin of the Claddagh Ring

The most popular story surrounding the ring of claddagh is linked to a man named Richard Joyce.

Joyce, a native of Galway, was captured by Algerian Corsairs while on his way to the West Indies and subsequently sold as a slave to a wealthy Moorish Goldsmith.

Joyce became highly skilled in the craft and eventually his master took a great liking to him. When offered his freedom, Joyce happily returned to his native land as as a master gold smith himself.

He set himself up in the Claddagh, an ancient settlement near the city of Galway. From there he designed and made the first claddagh ring in Ireland.

Margaret Joyce And The Ring Of Claddagh

Another story about the origin of the Claddagh Ring

Back in the sixteenth century Margaret Joyce of Galway married a wealthy Spanish merchant trader, and moved to Spain for many years.

When her husband died, Margaret Joyce Inherited all his wealth and moved back to her native Ireland.

There she married the Mayor of Galway and used her inheritance to improve the city of Galway. She was responsible for the first bridge to be built between Sligo and Galway, and was known locally as 'Margaret of the Bridges'.

For her good deeds, an eagle dropped the first claddagh ring of Ireland into her lap.

I want to play the Uilleann Pipes
I have a near fatal obsession with pipes. I love all the pipes (and all the drums), the Great Irish Warpipes, the Scots lowland pipes and the Great Highland Bagpipes, the Breton Veuze, the Galician Gaita and the Italian Zampogna. But the most beautiful, th...

The Irish Harp
The story of the Irish harp is the story of the Irish people. This ancient folk instrument with its beautiful, delicate sound is played today despite being ignored, derided and proscribed for centuries. Harpers, who in earlier days would have been hanged f...

How to Make a Celtic Knot
Spirals within spirals, knots within knots, wonderfully stylised graphical representations are instantly recognisable as Celtic ornamentation. I love the knots used for decoration and I want to create some myself. The Celtic Knot honours the cultural herit...

The Secret Life of Leprechauns
There is much nonsense spoken of leprechauns, some mistaken, some misguided and some deliberately misleading. Many are the tales of intoxication, wild revelry and, I'm sorry to say, malicious damage to livestock. But this is all tittle tattle, when di...

What do you think of these rings? Would you wear one?

The Guestbook of Claddagh - Want to leave a comment?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • mariacarbonara profile image

      mariacarbonara 

      5 years ago

      Most of my rish friends have one of these

    • Lady Lorelei profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Interesting the meaning of Claddagh ring, although the legends on it's origins sound a little sketchy, a bird dropping the ring? Ha. Legends abound on so very many wonderfully romantic symbols of our ancestry.

    • OhMe profile image

      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      The Claddagh Ring is beautiful and I love the symbolism and tradition behind it. Yes, I would proudly wear one on my wedding finger with the heart pointing up (to your heart.

    • exotickitten731 profile image

      Renee Jaco Whitfield 

      6 years ago from Bogalusa, Louisiana , United States of America

      interesting lens, i would love to have one too = ]

    • profile image

      Science-Fiction-Fan 

      6 years ago

      I'd like a claddagh ring too

    • TonyPayne profile image

      Tony Payne 

      7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I have heard of these, everyone with an Irish connection wants one.

    • sheriangell profile image

      sheriangell 

      7 years ago

      I've seen these, but didn't know the symbolism of them. Very nice lens and I love the rings!

    • profile image

      Lisa_Maria 

      7 years ago

      I have one of these rings, very beautiful. Good information!

    • profile image

      Tamara14 

      7 years ago

      Interesting and educational. Thanks for sharing :)

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)