Irish Love Symbol

The Claddagh ring is an ancient Irish love symbol. This traditional Irish ring is given as a token of friendship, love, or marriage.

The Claddagh’s distinctive design features two hands clasping a heart, and usually surmounted by a crown. The elements of this symbol are often said to correspond to the qualities of love (the heart), friendship (the hands), and loyalty (the crown).

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Valentine’s Day

Now the Christmas and New Year is behind us, it’s time to look forward to Valentine’s Day.

Love Hearts

Whether you’re newly in love or have been married for many years, keeping romance alive in your relationship is a great idea!

If you are planning something special it’s a good idea to book early as the most popular restaurants and hotels fill up quickly. If you’re stuck for ideas on how to celebrate this Valentine’s day check out our romantic ideas, love poems and Romantic gift ideas for your loved one.

Life

Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets.
So love the people who  treat you right
and forget about the ones who don’t.
And believe that everything happens for a reason…
if you get a chance – take it;
if it changes your life – let it.
Nobody said that it would be easy…
They just promised it would be worth it.

The Year

What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That’s not been said a thousand times?
The new year comes, the old year goes,
We know we dream, we dream we know.
We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.
We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.
We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our brides, we sheet our dead.
We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that’s the burden of the year

~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1910)

New Year Blessing

At the sound of the tolling midnight bell
a brand new year will begin.
Let’s raise our hopes in a confident toast,
to the promise it ushers in.

May your battles be few, your pleasures many,
your wishes and dreams fulfilled.
May your confidence stand in the face of loss
and give you the strength to rebuild.

May peace of heart fill all your days
may serenity grace your soul.
May tranquil moments bless your life
and keep your spirit whole.

New Year

Christmas may be over,
the stockings put away.
The chocolate and the cookies
enjoyed every single day.

Now the New Year’s coming,
all hurry on their way,
to live their busy lives,
no more thoughts of Santa’s sleigh.

Although the season’s come and go,
and Holidays have their cheer,
The Spirit of Christ can stay in out hearts,
to warm and bless all near.

I hope you had a merry Christmas,
full of the Christmas Spirit,
but more than that I hope your year
has much happiness and love in it!

~ Diane Bohn

Smile

Smiling is infectious
You catch it like the flu

When someone smiled at me today
I started smiling too

I walked around the corner
and someone saw me grin

When he smiled I realized
I had passed it on to him

I thought about the smile
And then realized its worth

A single smile like mine
Could travel round the earth

So if you feel a smile begin
Don’t leave it undetected

Start an epidemic
And get the world infected

Spike Milligan

A Song Was Heard at Christmas

A song was heard at Christmas
To wake the midnight sky:
A saviour’s birth, and peace on earth,
And praise to God on high.
The angels sang at Christmas
With all the hosts above,
And still we sing the newborn King
His glory and his love.

Timothy Dudley-Smith