Our name originates from the iconic Irish ring. This piece of jewelry features a heart held by 2 hands, with a crown on top. The heart symbolizes love, the hands are friendship and the crown represents loyalty. Irish women commonly wear the ring to display their relationship status. If the ring is on her right-hand with the heart facing away from her, she is single. She is taken if it is facing towards her. If the ring is worn on the left-hand and is pointing away from her, she is engaged. She is married when the heart is faced towards her. The allegory of love is very apparent in that when the heart is pointed away from her, her heart is literally up for the taking.
Come test this newfound knowledge on a night out with your buddies. Grab a Guinness, Harp or Smithwicks, but for the love of Ireland, please pronounce it correctly! If you’re currently unsure of how to say it, just drop the W, so it comes out “Smithicks”. Craving a bite to eat? Ask for our Claddagh Rings–not the jewelry kind–and you’ll be diving into some delicious onion rings! We have many Irish staples such as Shepherd’s Pie, Beef Stew and Fish ‘n Chips. If you’re in the mood for an authentic Irish pub, visit us today!