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The Star slate mirror is designed and handmade in studio by Colm Mc Cann. It is designed to be an attractive light catcher and adorn any hallway or room of choice. It is 135mm in diameter. The rear of the mirror is covered with a plastic self adhesive sheeting. This adds a safety feature to the mirror in case of accidental breakage. This Star mirror makes a unique and thoughtful gift.
This brooch is based on a design taken from the Book of Kells, Ireland.This design is known as a maze pattern in Celtic art. The monks often decorated the edges of the pages that they were copying with doodles like this.This brooch is 45mm x 5mm in size.The brooch is available in three finishes,brass,bronze and pewter.Please specify which finish is required when ordering.
The Irish Penal Cross was unique to the Irish folk art of the 18th Century. During this era Catholic religious symbols and Priests were outlawed under the repressive Penal Laws. The Penal Cross was designed to be easily hidden within the Priests personal garments, such as inside the coat sleeve. The Cross has a number of symbols carved onto its surface., these were probably used by the priest as a teaching aid while carrying out his ministry. At the top of the Cross is inscribed INRI ( Latin acronym...
The Killyliss Chess set is handmade in Ireland. The design of this chess set is unique, only made by the designer and craftsman Colm Mc Cann. Each piece has an individual character, but it is only when all the pieces are placed on the board that they take on a new magical quality, that makes this chess set a very tactile pleasure to enjoy. The chess board is made of reconstituted limestone from the Glens of Antrim and is hand polished to a high finish. Alternating knotwork and maze patterns are used...
This Irish mirror is designed and handmade in Killyliss Studio by Colm Mc Cann. Colm has used one of the figurines depicting the twelve Apostles from the 7th Cent. High Cross of Moone County Kildare, as his inspiration for this mirror. He has called this small figurine Aidan. Aidan the Harpist is sculpted and coldcast from brass, then it is carefully fixed to the mirror to create a unique gift from Ireland. The overall size of the mirror is approximately 200mm x 85mm in size and the figurine is ...
This pendant is based on a tri spiral or triskele design found on a wall inside the megalithic tomb at Newgrange, Bru na boinne, Co. Meath Ireland. The exact meaning of this design is not known,but scolars over the centuries have tried to give meaning to it. One theory is that the triple spiral as it is known as is a symbol of the inner journey of discovery,into the soul. This pendant is 32mm x 27mm x 4mm in size.The pendant is available in three finishes,brass,bronze and pewter.Please specify which...
This brooch is based on a tri spiral or triskele design found on the internal wall of the neolithic monument at Newgrange, Bru na boinne , Co.Meath Ireland. The exact meaning of this symbol is not known, but scolars over the centuries have tried to give meaning to it. One theory is that the triple spiral as it is known as is a symbol for the inner journey of enlightenment into the soul. this brooch is 32mm x 27mm x 4mm in size. This triskele brooch is available in three finishes, brass, bronze and...
The St. Mura`s Cross slate plaque is based on a slab Cross from Fahan, Co. Donegal ,Ireland. Saint Mura is regarded as the special patron of the O'Neill clan, being a descendant of Niall of the Nine Hostages, through his son Eoghan, who gave his name to Inishowen peninsula in County Donegal. The slab crosses of Ireland are an important link between Irelands pagan past and the early Christian period of the 6th- 9th Cent A.D. These slab Crosses were usually inscribed on the reverse side of a pagan...
Saint Lurach Wall Plaque, is based on a Romanesque carving on the lintel of the west door in the old Church of Saint Lurach, Maghera,Co.Derry, N.Ireland. This tenth century Church is built on the site of an earlier Monastic settlement . In the twelfth century a finely decorated doorway was added to its nave. Although both door jambs are also decorated in the Romanesque style, the finest carving can be seen on the door lintel. The lintel carving depicts the crucifixion. It contains sixteen figures...
The Newgrange brooch is based on the artform used in the megalithic tomb, located at Newgrange Co. Meath Ireland. The early Celts used simple swirling and maze patterns to decorate the wall of this famous Celtic landmark.The exact meaning of these markings is not known, but they have left behind them a striking reminder of our Celtic past.This brooch is 52mm x 5mm in size.The brooch is available in three finishes,brass,bronze and pewter.Please specify which finish is required when ordering.
The Reask pillar slab Cross can be found near Ballyferriter on the western edge of County Kerry, Ireland. This Slab Cross stands inside a ruined monastic settlement and is dated from approximately 400 A.D. It is a fine example of the earlier pagan standing stones being used by the first Christians to arrive on the Irish shores, this gives a certain continuity to the newer Christian religion that had just arrived.The Reask pillar was thought to originally have been used as a "marrying stone". The...
The Shamrock slate plaque uses the iconic symbol of Ireland. The Shamrock is said to have been used by St. Patrick as a teaching aid to convert the Irish to Christianity. The Shamrock motif is coldcast in brass and mounted onto a slate wall hanging plaque, 125mm x 125mm in size. This plaque is the ideal gift for anyone who has Irish ancestry
The Setanta slate plaque is based on the legend of Setanta the Celtic boy warrior. Setanta is reputed to have slain the mighty guard dog of Cullan, through this feat he earned the name Cuchulain "the hound of Cullan". The young Setanta was to become as Cuchulain the mightiest hero of the Celtic race. Setanta`s mother was Dectera and his father was Lugh of the long arm(the Celtic deity and Sun God). In the plaque we can see Lugh looking down and protecting his son Setanta.The setanta design is coldcast...
The Claddagh ring takes its name from a small fishing village that once stood outside the walled city of Galway. The Claddagh motif, two hands holding a heart, is believed to have originated from this village. The hands signify friendship - the heart , love - and the crown , loyalty. The Claddagh ring is used worldwide as a wedding band. This claddagh ring slate wall clock is designed and handmade in studio by the artist Colm Mc Cann . The body of this clock is made from a carefully handcut , dome...
Cast a cold eye On life, on death. Horseman, pass by! These are the famous last lines taken from the poem, Under Ben Bulben written by William Butler Yeats, poet and playwright in 1939, they also served as his Epitaph. W.B.Yeats is one of the most popular figures of twentieth century literature. He was born in Dublin in 1865. His family moved to County Sligo shortly after his birth and throughout his life he carried out a love affair with County Sligo. He thought of this area as his spiritual home...
This plaque is based on the Tyrone county crest. The Tyrone county crest consists of the red hand, associated with the O`Neills who ruled the lands of Tyrone or Tir Eoghain,as it was known in Gaelic, meaning land of Owen who was the most famous of the O`Neill clan. CountyTyrone is known as the red hand county.This plaque is handmade by Colm Mc Cann of Killyliss Studio and finished to the highest standard,the Tyrone crest is coldcast in brass, then mounted onto a slate plaque 125mm x 125mm in size...
Killyliss studio has designed and handmade this Knowth macehead fridge magnet to celebrate the artwork of the early inhabitants of Ireland. It is designed and handcast by Colm Mc Cann in studio. It is coldcast using only the purest brass. The knowth macehead fridge magnet is 60mm x 47mm in size and weighs approximately 25 grammes. The magnetic strip on the rear of this fridge magnet is soft in texture, this makes it a "non scratch" fridge magnet. This is the perfect gift for anyone who has Irish...
The Tara Brooch is one of the most important remaining artifacts from the early Christian era in Ireland. It was created about 700 A.D. and is decorated with intertwined or knotwork designs. The design and techniques used in the creation of this brooch show the advanced state of jewellery making in Ireland in this period. The Tara Brooch was most likely made for a wealthy person,a male who wished to show off his high status in life. This national treasure was found on a beach near Bettystown Co....
Slab Crosses have been present in the Irish landscape for thousands of years. The early Christians used the pagan standing stone monuments to provide continuity between the Christian Church and their Druidic predecessors. The Slab Crosses were the fore runner of the High Crosses of Ireland, being a lot smaller and simpler in design. On this slab Cross there is a peacock and peahen between which two loaves of bread are carved. These symbols were commonly used in the early Christian Church. The peahen...
Wicklow is a costal County situated below County Dublin and above County Wexford in the province of Leinster. It is known as "the garden of Ireland " or " the Garden County". In Wicklow can be found the world famous monastic site of Glendalough. Powerscourt House and Estate, the Sugar loaf mountains , Enniskerry and Brittas Bay are also favourate tourist attractions in this county. Wicklow is the last county to be formed in Ireland in 1605, and has also been referred to as "the last county". The...
The ádh mór Irish horseshoe wall plaque with the shamrock design is sculpted and handmade in studio by Colm Mc Cann. Ádh mór is gaelic or Irish for good luck. Horseshoes are a widely used symbol for bringing good luck. It is supposed that if the horseshoe is hung upwards then it will hold and bring good luck to the house and family. This coupled with the shamrock design inset makes it doubly lucky! The ádh mór Irish horesshoe with shamrock motif is cold cast in Brass then carefully mounted onto a...
County Meath is also known as the" Royal County". This is because the hill of Tara near Navan was known to have been the ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland. County Meath in gaelic is "An Mhi", this means the middle and Meath is centrally situated in both the Province of Leinster and the island of Ireland . Meath has a long and proud history, especially the Boyne Valley region, incorporating Newgrange the megalithic passage tomb,Nowth,Dowth and the fine passage tombs at Lough Crew near Oldcastle...
The Bann Disc celtic mirror is based on a bronze disc found in the River Bann near Coleraine in Northern Ireland. The disc is Celtic in origin and La Tene in influence and is dated from approximately 200 A.D. The design features three birds heads incorporated into the graceful spiral swirl.The disc design is brass in finish and is 48mm x 4mm in size. It is mounted onto a pewter finished mirror, 200mm x 85mm in size. This size of mirror is often refered to as a light catcher and makes a cute hall...
County Mayo (Contae Mhaigh Eo the Irish spelling meaning plain of the yew trees) is the third largest county in Ireland.It is located in the province of Connaught in the west of Ireland. It is bordered to the south by Co.Galway and to the east by Co. Roscommon to the north by Co. Sligo and to the west by the Atlantic Ocean. The highest point in Mayo and Connaught is Mweelrea standing at 2670 ft. It is famous for salmon fishing on the river Moy. Achill lies off the west coast of Mayo and is Irelands...
Killyliss Studio has designed the ádh mór Irish horseshoe wall plaque as a good luck token, to bring luck to you and your house. Ádh mór is gaelic or Irish for good luck. The horseshoe has long been associated in many countries as a good luck emblem. It is supposed that if the horseshoe is hung upwards then it will hold and bring good luck to the house and family within. This plaque is designed incorporating celtic knotwork designs and then coldcast in brass in studio by Colm Mc Cann. The ádh mór...
This Irish slate mirror is hand cut in studio by Colm Mc Cann. This gothic shaped slate mirror is then varnished and a celtic emblem,the Duleek dog design added to decorate the finished mirror, making it a must have handmade celtic gift. The mirror glass is backed with a self adhesive foil, this makes the mirror shatterproof .This mirror is 245mm x 120mm in size. (sm2) This celtic mirror would make a cute addition to any hallway.
County Monaghan or Muineachan in gaelic means "land of the little hills" This refers to the numerous drumlins or small hills formed by glaciers during the last ice age. In 1585 County Monaghan was established . It had five baronies one of which was Farney. This is now the nickname given to county Monaghan. Co. Monaghan is twinned with Prince Edward Island in Canada and over 20% of the Prince Edward Island population are descended from Monaghan folk who emigrated there in the 1840`s The crest show...
The Celts had a great respect for nature, they believed that all plants and animals had a lifeforce or spirit. Through this spirit, everything in their world was connected to the otherworld. The Druids knew that these elemental spirit guides exsisted and could help mankind when called upon. Later when Christianity came to Ireland, some of the earlier Gods and spirits were adopted. Within Celtic spirituality, Angels became as important as their earlier deities. The shape of this Angel is based on...
Killyliss studio has designed and handmade this fridge magnet as a Donegal / Dún na nGall momento. It is designed and handcast by Colm Mc Cann in studio. It is cast using a process called coldcasting and made from the finest brass powder. The fridge magnet is 60mm x 55mm in size and weighs approximately 25 grammes. The magnetic strip on the rear of this fridge magnet is soft in texture, this makes it a "non scratch" fridge magnet. The O`Donnell crest is featured on this design along with the Irish...
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