PRE-ORDER LEGACY VOLUME 2 NOW!
LEGACY, VOLUME TWO is set for release on August 12th 2016 and you can pre-order your copy now! What’s more, all pre-orders of Celtic Thunder’s latest CD and DVD will qualify for $1.99 shipping to ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. Pre-ordering also guarantees that you will be amongst the FIRST Celtic Thunder fans to receive the latest LEGACY release, ahead of our 75 City North American Tour!
Legacy, Volume Two is the much-anticipated follow-up album to the chart-topping Legacy, Volume One, released in February of this year. Volume Two picks up from where Volume One left off and features all new recordings of Celtic Thunder’s best-loved hits and fan favorites in an exciting collection of performances and song from Celtic Thunder.
SHAMROCK JEWELRY COLLECTION
The Shamrock! It’s long since been recognized as the symbol of all things Irish. According to legend, this three-leaf member of the clover family was used by St Patrick, the Emerald Isle’s patron saint, to explain the Christian concept of the Holy Trinity to the ancient Celts.
Over time, the shamrock has gone beyond its connection to Saint Patrick. It symbolizes Irish heritage and is worn with pride by the Irish and lovers of Ireland alike!
Our Shamrock Jewelry Collection features contemporary, made in Ireland designs of the beautiful shamrock. All are adorned with green stones and Connemara marble for that extra bit of flair. What a great gift idea for anyone with Irish roots!
What’s more all pieces of our Shamrock Jewelry Collection ship to anywhere in the world for ONLY $0.99!
SHAMROCK HEART EARRINGS
AND MATCHING PENDANT
Let your originality show with this enchanting pair of Shamrock earrings. These earrings feature three glowing retro green stones with a sterling silver base. The ladies who wear these earrings desire to surround themselves with warm feelings of good fortune, and to identify with a strong-willed national sensibility. To finish the look these beautiful earrings can be paired with the Silver Stone set Pendant that is a perfect compliment to them. The shamrock has deep roots in Irish history and culture and combined with the bright green color instantly brings to mind the hundreds of shades of green that blanket the rolling hills of Ireland.
WITH CONNEMARA MARBLE INLAY
This wonderful sterling silver shamrock pendant inlaid with genuine Connemara Marble hangs on an 18” sterling Silver chain. The Shamrock was used by St. Patrick in his sermons to draw a parallel from our earlthy existence to a spriitual life with God. Pointing out the three equally sized leaves he explained the pure and never ending love of the Christian Trinity of God the Father the Son and the Holy Ghost. The addition of the beautiful Connemara green inlay symbolizes revitalization of Spirit and Soul for the wearer. This pendant would be a perfect gift for someone special…or maybe just treat yourself!!
KEY OF IRELAND SHAMROCK PENDANT
This beautiful Sterling Silver Shamrock “Key Of Ireland” pendant is perfect for any lady who cherishes her Irish descent. This necklace demonstrates her pride for all to see. When wearing this beautiful pendant Ireland is always close at heart, no matter where she may travel in the world. Crafted in Sterling silver it hangs on an 18” sterling silver chain. The shamrock is covered in sparkling cubic zirconia. Assayed and hallmarked for fineness in Dublin Castle. Guaranteed sterling Silver.
TAKE A SNEAK PEAK AT LEGACY VOLUME 2!
As you know our latest album LEGACY Volume 2 is coming soon and will be available on CD and DVD this August.
Many of our fans are aware this is the first DVD that we have shot without Big George. While George was not physically with us on this shoot, he was very much with us in spirit, in our hearts and in our minds.
CELTIC THUNDER LEGACY TOUR
Have you got your Celtic Thunder LEGACY Tickets yet??
We are delighted to be bringing our brand new show Legacy to the USA and Canada this fall!! We will be traveling coast to coast, meeting our North American fans in 75 different cities and we can’t wait!
Continuing their tradition of paying homage to the musical culture and traditions of Ireland, Celtic Thunder’s latest show is a depiction both their musical footprint over the past 8 years as well as their amazing heritage of Irish and Celtic music.
CELTIC THUNDER EVENT PASSES
Ever wonder what happens before or after a Celtic Thunder Show? Well now's your chance to find out!!! Celtic Thunder fans are able to purchase passes for the pre-show Sound Check Parties and the post-show VIP Artist Events for the US and Canada LEGACY tour that starts this August!
For the Sound Check Party guests will watch Celtic Thunder as they sound check and rehearse numbers for that night’s show, taking a souvenir Sound Check Party Brochure with them at the end.
VIP Artist Event attendees will have the opportunity have their photo taken with 2 Celtic Thunder Principals PLUS receive an EXCLUSIVE VIP Artist Event Program, autographed by all of the Celtic Thunder Guys!
CELTIC THUNDER COMPETITION WINNER!
We recently ran a Facebook competition asking you to find the Celtic Thunder LEGACY show closest to you this Fall and share it on your Facebook Page. And you did!
We are delighted to announce that the winner of a pair of VIP tickets is Marian Keller from Washington DC.
WIN TICKETS TO A CELTIC THUNDER SHOW IN 2016
Marian Keller from Washington DC recently won a pair of VIP tickets to see Celtic Thunder this fall and you could be next!
Here’s what you need to do…
THE CELTIC THUNDER BAND
Cian will be joining our amazing Celtic Thunder Band this fall on the LEGACY tour of North America as 2nd Keyboards Player.
Hailing from Ireland’s second city of Cork, accomplished pianist and accompanist Cian G. Sweeney is one of Ireland’s brightest up-and-coming musical talents. He is a first Class Honors graduate of The Cork School of Music, and has also obtained Masters Degree in Audio Production.
AUTHENTIC IRISH RECIPES
Irish cuisine takes its influence from the crops grown and animals farmed in its temperate climate, and modern Irish cuisine pays homage to farm-to-table freshness. Traditionally, Ireland was known for its beef, pork, and dairy products like butter. In recent years, Irish produce as well as seafood — including the Atlantic farming of mussels, oysters and salmon is highly successful because of swift moving tides of fresh clear water — have become of quite high quality as well. Additionally, the long days of summer yield some of the best crabs, prawns and lobsters in the region.
IRELAND’S ANCIENT EAST
Featuring three unique areas— the Land of 5,000 Dawns, the Historic Heartlands and the Celtic Coast—Ireland's Ancient East is where the stories of the past come alive with wit, warmth and the unique Irish way with words.
The Celtic Coast where Vikings looted holy treasures from the monastic city of Glendalough and the light of Europe's oldest lighthouse sweeps across Ireland's story-strewn maritime history, takes in counties Wicklow, Wexford, Waterford and Cork. Ireland’s colourful past is revealed in some of the country’s most impressive architecture, as well as dazzling scenery.
THE CELTIC COAST - IRELAND’S VIKING PAST
From the grand stately homes of Wicklow, travel down the coast and back through time to uncover Ireland’s Viking past and early Christian glories.
The glens and crags of County Wicklow give way to soft hills and finally to the cliffs, empty beaches and jagged coastline of Wexford and Cork. From the vast Palladian mansions of the 18th century elite, we voyage to ancient Christian sites, past ruined abbeys, desolate headlands and beautifully manicured gardens.
TOP 10 CASTLES IN IRELAND’S ANCIENT EAST
Most castles you'll see in Ireland are less than ostentatious; they were not built to be the royal palaces that you'll find in Britain, as Ireland has had no royalty for a thousand years. Instead they were fortified homes for chieftains, or Anglo Norman settlers and were designed primarily for defence.
Many of these castles are medieval in origin, dating from the 11th to the 15th century. While some of the more elaborate and elegant castles you may find owe their origins to the flamboyant Georgian era or the neo gothic revival in the Victorian Age. Check out the Top Ten Castles in Irelands' Ancient East.
GALWAY'S INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL
Ireland's largest annual arts extravaganza, Galway International Arts Festival, takes place every summer in the cozy city of Galway on the Wild Atlantic Way – and this year it bursts into life on 11 July. For 14 days it will feature hundreds of performances and exhibitions in a convergence of arts and arts aficionados, creating one of Europe’s most important cultural events.
The fortnight of arts will showcase an international program of theatre, dance, music, talks, comedy and visual arts, and once again stage the extraordinary, the ambitious and the innovative.
PUCK FAIR - ALL HAIL THE GOAT!
At 400 years old, Puck Fair in Killorglin, Co. Kerry is Ireland’s oldest festival, and certainly one of its most beloved. Every August, locals crown a wild mountain goat king of the town... yes, you read that right! It’s thought that the celebration dates back to pre-Christian rites of harvest and fertility. However, the crowning element was added as homage to a plucky goat that, back in the 17th century, broke free from his herd and made his way to Killorglin, warning inhabitants of the approaching Crowellian army. Today’s festival is a time of celebration, with parades, street art, music and entertainment taking place over the course of three days.
There are many legends, which suggest an origin for the Fair, many of which are wildly inventive, but there is no written record stating when the Fair started. It can however be traced back to a charter from 1603 by King James I granting legal status to the existing fair in Killorglin.
SeaFest, Ireland’s national maritime festival is back this July and will be sailing into Galway Harbour for a weekend of nautical celebrations. Each day from 9am to 6pm visitors are invited to enjoy the packed programmed of free, family-friendly events.
BIM and Bord Bia will host a Seafood Extravaganza in the Big Top marquee at the docks. Celebrity chefs Martin Shanahan and Rory O’Connell will be demonstrating their favorite recipes from the sea while Michael O’Meara from Oscar’s Bistro in Galway and the author of ‘Sea Gastronomy‘ (Best Seafood Cookbook in the World) will also be there to share his knowledge. Visitors will also get to taste the best of Irish seafood from some of Ireland’s best seafood producers.
TOP 10 RECOMMENDED BOOKS
Are you planning a trip to Ireland soon? Here are 10 books recommended for everyone planning to visit Ireland.
Macken, Walter: Seek The Fair Land. The first book in Macken’s famous Historical Trilogy This tells the story of Dominick MacMahon whose wife has been slain by Cromwell’s troops in the bloody massacre at Drogheda and who flees with his son and daughter accompanied by a wounded priest Father Sebastian. As the English soldiers continue to rampage, murder and pillage, they and a few other brave men set out to seek a “fair land” over the hill. As they journey westwards, they are relentlessly pursued by Coote the Cromwellian Rules of Connaught. A gripping story, beautifully narrated it is impossible to put this book down.
LEGEND - THE CLADDAGH RING
The Claddagh Ring is believed to have originated in the fishing village situated near the "shore" or "Claddagh" of Galway Bay.
The Claddagh outside the City Walls, and further separated by the River Corrib, was exclusive community or fisher-folk forbidden to use spade or hoe and ruled by a periodically-elected "King" whose sole distinguishing mark was his right to use a white sail on his fishing hooker.
IRISH HISTORY - IRISH LIGHTHOUSES
There are seventy lighthouses round the coast of Ireland still at work today. They stand as testament to these men and their proud and steadfast tradition of service and dedication to safety at sea. In an age of busyness and hurry it is easy to be romantic about lives lived in isolated but beautiful surroundings. There were no doubt many good days but there was danger in the beauty and an unending routine to the work. Can you imagine how you would cope with the loneliness? Or with the close and inescapable company of maybe only one or two other men for weeks on end? It is easy to understand why ex-lighthouse keepers say that it took a ‘special sort’ of character to do the work!
PLACES TO EAT - IRISH FOOD TRAIL – DUBLIN
Irish Food Trail Dublin is…
- A fun and exciting walking tour of Dublin City.
- The best way to explore Dublin’s most popular and hidden Irish Restaurants.
- A great way to catch up with old friends and make some new friends along the way!
PLACE TO STAY - IRISH LIGHTHOUSES
A visit to Clare Island Lighthouse is an adventure – and a real treat. Leave your car behind at Roonagh Pier on the Mayo mainland and journey across the water to the unspoilt authentic life that is Clare Island.
The Lighthouse and its buildings have been restored and transformed into a luxury guesthouse, the perfect place to relax and unwind. Discover the wealth of activity the island has on offer: walking, cycling, fishing, music, crafts to name but a few.
IRISH SPORT - THE GALWAY RACES
The famous seven days Summer Races returns on the 25th July 2016 with top racing, fabulous fashion, delectable foods and an electric atmosphere with an infectious sense of fun. The Galway Races is certainly a festival for everyone. The Festival runs for seven consecutive days starting from the last Monday in July each year. Highlights of the Summer Festival include Ladies Day, Friday’s Fair Lady, Ladbrokes Day, and Family Day including our very popular Mad Hatters Competition.
WHEN YOU ARE OLD
When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;