Irish symbols

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Irish symbols

There are many of symbols in Ireland. I want to explain some of them.

Flag of Ireland

The Flag of Ireland is also known as tricolour, because it has three vertical stripes in green, white and orange. The green represents the island and the Catholic majority, the orange the Protestant population. The white sttripe symbolises the peace between this two. The flag was adapted in 1919.

Irish round towers

The Irish round towers are a historic emblem of Ireland. It is a special type of medieval stone towers and you can mainly find them in Ireland. The towers are 30 metres high and were used to store religious things like books. But they were also bell towers. The Irish word for round towers is cloictheach.

The shamrock

The shamrock is the irish national emblem. It grows on the hills of Ireland. You can find this symbol on many souvenirs and postcards. It is popular because of Saint Patrick. He ist the Patron Saint of Ireland. He used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan to bring the Christianity to Ireland. So it is very important for the irish people.

The Celtic Cross

It is a popular myth in Ireland that the Celtic Christian Cross was introduced by Saint Patrick. The cross is a mixture of the Christian cross and the sun cross of the pagan. Saint Patrick combines them to give the pagan an idea to the importance of the cross.

The leprechaun

There is a very popular myth in Ireland, it is the legend of the laprechaun. He is dressed in green with a hat. He ist about two feet tall and he has a pot of gold. When you find a leprechaun he has to tell you where the gold is. He has his name from the Irish word leipreachán, defined by Patrick Dinneen as „a pigmy, a sprite, a leprechaun“.

The harp

The harp is the traditional symbol of Ireland. The harp has its seeds in Ireland, because it was invented there. Many musicians use it, it stands for the immortaly of the soul. You can find this symbol on coins, flags, on the Coat of arms of Ireland and uniforms.

The Claddagh Ring (my personal favourite :))

The Claddagh ring is a traditional ring in Ireland. It is given in friendship or worn as a wedding ring. The ring was designed in the 17th century by Queen Mary II, but this elements of the ring are much older. These elements  are often said to symbolise the qualities of love (heart), friendship (hands), and loyalty (the crown). When you give somebody the ring, you can say: „With my two hands I give you my heart, and crown it with my love.“.

I hope you enjoyed it!


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  1. dennis555

    I think you’ve done a good job by concentrating the content to the most important information. Your texts are easy to understand and you’ve added suitable pictures. Thumbs up!

  2. Hai

    Hi Franziska,

    The towers are 30 metres highand were used to store religious things like books.
    The towers are 30 metres (highland and ?) were used to store….

    (These elements are This element is)often said to (symbolise instead of symbolises) the qualities of love (heart), friendship (hands), and loyalty (the crown).

    The pictures captured the target groups attention. It is very attractive to read and the most important information you give, is visualized by the photos.

    Some little careless mistakes. ;P


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