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Eglwys St Celynnin – St. Celynnin Church

To discover a hidden gem brings a very contented feeling to one’s heart. This was our feeling on discovering St Celynnin Church for the first time in 2013. We were staying on a farm in the hamlet of Henryd in the Conwy Valley, Wales and, one early morning, we walked to the church. St. Celynnin appeared out of the mist amidst the bleating of the sheep and the birds’ dawn chorus. St Celynnin is situated at the top of Read More...

The Story of St. Dwynwen – Wales’ very own St. Valentine

The stories and legends from Wales were historically passed on by word of mouth so stories do have different variations. 5th Century legend has it that a young maid called Dwynwen fell in love with a Maelon Dafodrill. Their young love was not to be as Dwynwen’s father, Brychan Brycheiniog, forbade the marriage. There are several versions of the story here but let it be said that Maelon committed a misdeed towards Dwynwen, and then he left. Dwynwen was distraught and and Read More...

“Home to Ireland” 2016

Our “Home to Ireland” competition 2016 grand prize draw is nearly here! Celtic Elegance carried out their local draw last night, September 15th, at Sumter Landing, The Villages, Central Florida. Celtic Elegance, found in both Spanish springs and Sumter Landing, is hosting a chance for a lucky winner and his or her guest to travel to the Emerald Isle and experience the wonders of Ireland. It’s an opportunity to stay in superior first class hotels, enjoy a medieval banquet in Read More...

Dearest Noddy

We called him Noddy after a character in a children’s book by British authoress Enid Blyton. Our little kitty had enormous ears just like Noddy’s friend in the book! “Big Ears” didn’t sound quite fair so our kitty was named Noddy. Read More...

Welsh Castles

Wales, according to Wikipedia, is sometimes said to be the “castle capital of the world”. Wales had about 400 castles, of which over 100 are still standing, either as ruins or as restored buildings. The rest have returned to nature, and today consist of ditches, mounds and earthworks, often in commanding positions. Many of the sites in Wales are cared for by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service. Castles have played an important military, economic and social role in Read More...

“The Claddagh” a Symbol of Love, Friendship and Loyalty!

Some 400 years ago in a fishing village called Claddagh overlooking Galway Bay, close to the city of the Tribes, lived Richard Joyce, a Master Goldsmith. It was he who crafted this now famous design that has become part of the IRISH heritage. The Claddagh Ring belongs to a widespread group of finger rings called Fede or “Faith rings” which date from Roman times. They are distinguished by having the bezel cut or cast in the form of two clasped Read More...

An Irish Ghost Story; The Banshee of Dunluce Castle

There are many tales of ghosts that roam the dark brooding fortress of Dunluce Castle (Irish Gaelic – Dún Libhse). This famous Celtic Dunluce Castle stands on a rocky crag on the northeast coast of the island of Ireland in County Antrim. Parts of the castle, which was the headquarters of the Clan MacDonnell, date back to the fourteenth century. First built by the Irish noble Richard Óg de Burgh in the thirteenth century, the earliest documented records from 1513 show Read More...

Killahara Castle – Ireland

Killahara Castle, set among the hills of Tipperary, is a recently restored tower house, offering the best in Celtic castle design and tranquility within its ancient walls. It has a large fully equipped kitchen, a lounge with a huge fireplace and seven bedrooms (five double and two single) plus two additional camp beds for overflow. Killahara Castle has three bathrooms, tucked away within the old garderobes, provide showers in a unique setting. In addition, the penthouse suite with views across all of Tipperary Read More...

Thirlestane Castle – Scotland

The history of Thirlestane Castle dates back to at least the 13th century, when a large Border fort was built on the site to defend the approach to Edinburgh from the south. The central part of the present Thirlestane Castle was completed in 1590, remodelled in the 1670s, and then again in the 1840s. Throughout its long history, Thirlestane Castle belonged to the Maitland family, one of the most ableand famous in Scotland. The Maitlands came to Britain from France with William the Conqueror Read More...

Melville Castle – Scotland

Earliest records indicate that in 1155 in the reign of King Malcolm IV, Malleville Castle was an estate in the ownership of an Anglo-Norman Baron called Galfrid de Malleville, who was Sheriff of Edinburgh and Governor of Edinburgh Castle. Melville Castle remained in his family until the time of King Robert II in 1371 when, through marriage, it passed to Sir John Ross of Halkhead. The Celtic Melville Castle continued as the seat of that branch of the Ross family for many Read More...