ALL THINGS LEGACY
In case you have missed it, we started our mammoth tour of the US and Canada on August 19th 2016. The juggernaut 77-city LEGACY tour is now in full swing and we are having a ball bringing our music to fans across the length and breadth of North America. Over the course of 4 months we will hit 36 US States and 5 Canadian Provinces in our most extensive tour ever!
CONNEMARA MARBLE JEWELRY COLLECTION
Connemara Marble dates back 600 million years and is unique to Connemara region in the west of Ireland. With its ‘forty shades of green’ and its wild patterns, it represents perfectly the landscapes of the Emerald Isle. It is recognized for its beautiful color and resilience, with no two pieces being similar.
Connemara Marble has inspired artists, architects and artisans throughout the world for generations. For a full history of this beautiful natural resource read the history of Connemara Marble in this month’s Celtic Times.
Magnificent Celtic artifacts and symbols of Ireland inspire our Connemara Marble Jewelry Collection. We hope that our shoppers will enjoy this history of the iconic stone that their descendants can enjoy for generations to come.
||CONNEMARA MARBLE & MARCASITE CELTIC CROSS
Beautifully adorned Celtic Cross with Connemara Marble and Marcasite Stones. Set in Sterling Silver and assayed for fineness at the Irish Assay Office in Dublin Castle, this beautiful piece is inlaid with Connemara Marble from the west of Ireland. This unique marble varies in color with each piece being unique in it’s pattern. Dating back 600 million years, Connemara Marble is the quintessential national resource of Ireland.
|STERLING SILVER CELTIC HARP
WITH CONNEMARA MARBLE PENDANT
The Harp is the Official Symbol of Ireland, and what way to better announce your love of all things Celtic than with this beautiful sterling silver harp pendant adorned with rare Connemara marble, from the west of Ireland where it has laid for 600 million years. Celebrate your heritage and share a beautiful piece of Ireland with your loved ones. Assayed for fineness at the Irish Assay Office in Dublin Castle, the Celtic Harp Pendant is a true gift from the Emerald Isle.
||CONNEMARA MARBLE SHAMROCK ROSARY BEADS
The green hills of Ireland are called to mind when you hold this beautiful Genuine Connemara Marble Rosary. Handcrafted in Ireland, the unique cubed marble beads showcase Connemara Marble's various shades of green. Monks of the great settlements like Cashel, Clonmacnoise and Glendalough made the first Irish Rosaries. Using the horns of animals, they fashioned beads of natural beauty and simple strength. Their strength in particular put them much in demand in medieval Europe, where the rosary was a widely observed meditation, and personal link with the Creator. These beads continue that tradition, combining natural beauty with practical strength. Carry them with you, and tranquility will never be far away.
CELTIC THUNDER VIP ARTIST EVENT PASSES
After Show VIP Parties Are Great Fun Altogether!
If you have not attended a Celtic Thunder post show VIP Artist Event, then you are missing out!! Attendees have a chance to meet some of the Celtic Thunder soloists, play games, chat and ask questions. You will also have the opportunity to take your photo with the Celtic Thunder guys, so be sure to bring your own camera. Don’t forget to take home a beautiful VIP Artist Event Program autographed by all 5 members of Celtic Thunder before you leave!
SOUND CHECK PARTY PASSES
Ever Wonder What Happens Before A Celtic Thunder Show?
Our Sound Check Parties invite Celtic Thunder fans into a behind the scenes experience, offering them an up close view of the soloists and band as they prepare and sound check for that evening’s show. Guaranteed to make your Celtic Thunder show experience even more amazing, Sound Check attendees can snap candid photos of the guys as they rehearse numbers from LEGACY.
What’s more fans that take part in the Sound Check party will take home a special Celtic Thunder Sound Check Party brochure. The Sound Check Party takes place at 4pm at the venue on show days and guests are asked to check in at the Merchandise stand in the lobby.
DAMIAN MCGINTY'S NEW CHRISTMAS ALBUM
Celtic Thunder Special Guest Artist Damian McGinty is about to release his first full-length CD, called This Christmas Time. The album will be available from October 14, 2016, but Celtic Thunder fans can pre-order their copy today HERE.
“I hope you enjoy this record, as much as I’ve enjoyed making it,” says Damian. “The holidays remind me of being home, spending time with loved ones. That was the emotion & drive behind the making of this record: to be able to bring people together through songs we all know & love, mixed in with two fresh, original Christmas songs.”
PAUL BYROM - 'THIS IS THE MOMENT'
Paul Byrom is often hailed as one of Ireland's premier tenors. The Dublin-born tenor has been in the music industry for over 20 years. Paul recorded his first album "The Golden Voice" as a boy soprano aged 14. His second release, entitled VELVET, was in 2005 and reached #2 in the Irish music charts which has led to many appearances on Irish Television and Radio, including "Celebrity Jigs and Reels" where he reached the grand final. He also appeared for a short while in Ireland's longest running soap "FAIR CITY". Paul went on to release his Christmas album entitled "I'll Be Home For Christmas" in 2008, which charted in the Classical Billboard Charts and continues to sell well.
His talent as a singer has taken him far and wide, and some of the many highlights include performing for dignitaries such as Emperor Akihito of Japan, Former Irish President's Mary McAleese and Mary Robinson and most recently for United States President, Barack Obama and Speaker of The House, John Boehner.
MEET CELTIC THUNDER’S NEWEST MEMBER
Celtic Thunder’s newest member, Michael O’Dwyer, has been enchanting fans at Legacy shows on the North American tour. We asked our Celtic Thunder fans to post some questions they wanted Michael to answer on the Celtic Thunder's Instagram page, and here are some of your questions, answered by Michael.
MORE ABOUT MICHAEL
Michael O’Dwyer is an Irish singer, songwriter, composer, multi-faceted instrumentalist and actor from Carrick on Suir Co Tipperary. He studied for a BA in Popular Music at the prestigious Cork School of Music, majoring in Keyboards.
ARTIST OF THE MONTH – NICOLE HUDSON
A native of Dublin, Nicole has been playing Violin since the tender age of four. Throughout her childhood, Nicole performed as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland where she acquired a palatable taste for traveling as a musician. Under the direction of Ms. Maeve Broderick, Nicole received a Bachelor of Arts Honors degree from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Performance and Music Teaching. Following graduation, Nicole became a highly sought after violinist regularly performing with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and has had the opportunity to play alongside artists such as Andrea Botcelli, The Chieftains, Daniel O'Donnell, Tommy Flemming, Michael Bublè and many more.
CONGRATS TO MEL CARMICHAEL
CONGRATS TO CELTIC THUNDER WARDROBE MISTRESS MEL CARMICHAEL ON WINNING HER 3rd EMMY AWARD!
MORE ABOUT MEL CARMICHAEL
Hailing from the beautiful North Coast of Ireland, Mel has worked in costume for over 10 years. That’s not to say she comes to work dressed as an elf or Beyonce, but if that was socially acceptable she definitely would.
OUT OF IRELAND TV FEATURES CELTIC THUNDER!
Out of Ireland Television is a weekly news, culture and entertainment TV program presenting the best of modern Ireland and Irish-America in a magazine format hosted by Patricia O’Reilly.
Each week, the program features highlights of the news from Ireland’s national broadcasting service, RTÉ. The show also includes interviews with Irish and Irish-American celebrities and politicians and showcases Irish music, entertainment and business news.
WIN A TRIP TO IRELAND
The lucky winner of the Win A Trip to Ireland in the Tourism Ireland / Celtic Thunder competition will have accommodations and flights provided compliments of Tourism Ireland. The prize consists of five night’s accommodation at a Bed & Breakfast for two people, including a full Irish breakfast every day. The prize also includes two economy airline tickets from one of the following US gateways to Shannon, Dublin or Belfast airport on the island of Ireland: JFK NY, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Connecticut, or Newark. The competition is open to residents of the US and Canada, however travel to one of the US Gateways is at their own expense.
MUSICAL NOTE HOODIES & BASEBALL CAPS
NEW from Celtic Thunder! Keep your look fresh with the new range of Musical Note Hoodies from Celtic Thunder! Choose from a variety colors and sizes and be warm and stylish this fall and winter with your brand new CT Hoodie! Choose from the following colors, Black/Gold, Green/ Gray and Navy/Gray. Available in sizes: SM - 2XL and made of 100% Cotton.
Accentuate any wardrobe with the new Celtic Thunder Musical Note Baseball Caps. Embroidered with the Celtic Thunder Logo & Musical Note, the new Celtic Thunder Musical Note Baseball Caps makes the perfect wardrobe accessory.
CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT COLLECTION
“Nollaig Shona Duit” (null-ig hun-a dit) is "Merry Christmas" in Gaelic! The Irish like many other nations, celebrate Christmas with a variety of Irish Christmas traditions all their own. Decorate your tree with Irish Christmas ornaments straight from Ireland. Or spread some Irish Christmas joy by sending an Irish Christmas Card. Share in the unique Irish Christmas custom of adorning your home with holly, and surprise your loved ones with an Irish Christmas gift. May Irish Christmas blessings abound!
AUTHENTIC IRISH RECIPES
From lamb in spring, to fish in summer, stews and soups in the winter and, of course, potatoes at almost any time of the year, Irish food is simple, hearty, family cooking that follows the seasons. This month’s recipes are reflective of Halloween in Ireland. The air has turned cooler, home fires are burning and the Irish turn to warm and filling comfort food as the evenings grow shorter. Our dessert this week is Barm Brack which is found in every Irish household at this time of year, and generally causes fights for the ring buried in the “brack”!
IRELAND'S SPOOKIEST PLACES
On the edge of Lough Sheelin in Co. Meath, this five bedroom stone castle built in 1536 is currently run as a B&B. Visitors have reported supernatural activity both inside and outside the castle. Apparently every May Day for hundreds of years, a medieval knight named O’Donoghue rides along Lough Lane past the castle accompanied by a group of spirits who play music behind him. Inside the castle, visitors have reported waking up in the middle of the night to sounds of screams or doors repeatedly opening and slamming shut. One of the spirits is believed to be Myles ‘the Slasher’ O’Reilly, an Irish folk hero who spent his last night in Ross Castle before dying in battle in 1644.
The Celts celebrated four major festivals each year. None of them was connected in anyway to the sun's cycle. The origin of Halloween lies in the Celt's autumn festival which was held on the first day of the 11th month, the month known as November in English but as Samhain in Irish.
The Celts believed that the passage of a day began with darkness and progressed into the light. The same notion explains why winter – the season of long, dark nights – marked the beginning of the year and progressed into the lighter days of spring, summer and autumn. So the 1st of November, Samhain, was the Celtic New Year, and the celebrations began at sunset of the day before i.e. its Eve.
THE STORY OF BRAM STOKER
Bram Stoker was born in Dublin, Ireland, on November 8, 1847, the third son of seven children. Sickly and bedridden as a child, Stoker eventually grew to well over six feet in height and became athletic and muscular, crowned with a head of thick, red hair. He is referred to by biographer Farson as a "red-haired giant." As a student at Trinity College in Dublin, Stoker graduated with honors in science, and he later returned to the college for an M.A. degree.
HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL
On the 19th August, Waterford Crystal welcomed its one millionth visitor, Gladys Aycock from North Carolina.
Gladys who travelled to Waterford and Irelands Ancient East for the first time became the milestone visitor to Waterford Crystal when she booked an escorted tour with Globus Luxury Tours. Upon arriving at the House of the Waterford Crystal, the family was greeted with a VIP reception, led by the Mayor of Waterford City and County and Sales & Marketing Director David McCoy, before cutting a celebratory cake which was shared with visitors from across the world that joined the celebrations!
IRELAND: A LEGACY OF CRAFT
Irish craft and design are renowned worldwide for authenticity, innovation and excellence.
Ireland’s weaving, pottery throwing, glass-blowing and silver and gold smithing traditions are thriving and reaching new heights in the hands of the next generation of crafts people.
Many of Ireland’s traditional craft centers are open to the public and enable visitors to appreciate the skills and methods handed down over centuries.
Among them is Kilkenny-based Jerpoint Glass, Ireland’s only glassblowing studio, which still uses traditional techniques that have changed little over 2,000 years, and Northern Ireland’s famous Belleek pottery, which has been producing its distinctive fine Parian china since the 1860s.
HISTORY OF CONNEMARA MARBLE
Connemara is a famous region in the west of Ireland. It means “Inlets for the Sea” in the Irish language and has a tremendous rugged beauty. Oscar Wilde is quoted as deeming Connemara a “savage beauty” which is incredibly accurate for anyone that has been lucky enough to visit the area. Connemara holds a particular fondness for those seeking the old-fashioned and quintessential Ireland.
Bounded on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean and Connemara encompasses a wide variety of natural and semi-natural habitats, reflecting its great geomorphologic and geological complexity.
Connemara Marble is a serpentine-rich rock, popular since ancient times as a decorative facing stone. With its ‘forty shades of green’ and its wild patterns, it represents perfectly the landscapes of the Emerald Isle. Connemara Marble inspired artists, architects and artisans throughout the world. Jewelry and other small objects such as key rings, coasters and crosses are also made with this unique stone.
DUBLIN – A BREATH OF FRESH AIR
Visiting Dublin is like taking a great big breath of fresh air. Always invigorating, this Viking city is at once modern and historic, exciting and relaxing. No wonder Lonely Planet chose the city as one of the world's top 10 cities to visit in 2016!
"Dublin is now a truly cosmopolitan capital, with an influx of people, energy and ideas infusing the ever-beguiling, multi-layered city with fresh flavors and kaleidoscopic colors." - Lonely Planet
But how will your Dublin adventure begin?
PLACE TO STAY - INIS MEAIN SUITES
From Galway, across the waves of Galway Bay, lies the tiny island of Inis Meáin, one of the three Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland. A landscape comprised of thousands of dry stone walls enclosing tiny empty fields, most cultured by people long gone, and a few still maintained by the island’s diminishing population of around 200. Other expansive slabs of limestone, too resistant to the traditional farming methods when soil was created from sand and seaweed, still boast fissures filled with rare, wild flowers. The south west of Inis Meáin is virtually uninhabited, a mass of jagged limestone leading down to imposing cliffs, with waves pounding up over the edge.
Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites was created by Ruairí & Marie-Therese de Blacam with the aim of enabling guests to best experience their unique island location. Named after the island on which it lies, this “long, low-lying” glass and stone building is perfectly integrated into its stark, wild surroundings. The interior, too, mirrors the landscape, with soft grey furnishings and large windows in the four spacious guest rooms.
PLACE TO EAT - ARD BIA AT NIMMO’S
Buzzy, bohemian restaurant where tables occupy every nook and cranny. They sell homemade cakes, bread and artisan products. Menus blend Irish, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences; the provenance of the ingredients takes precedence.
One of Galway’s most enduring restaurants, housed in one of the city’s most iconic restaurant spaces, Ard Bia has always placed as much emphasis on community experiences and aesthetic stimulation as on serving great food in a fun environment. The chef believes in having roots in a place whilst having an identity that transcends location and takes inspiration from around the world.
MYTHS & LEGENDS - LEPRECHANS, POOKA & FARIES
Of all the Irish fairies, the evil leprechaun, with his hot-temper and spiteful trickery, is probably the best known internationally, closely followed by the Banshee. Unlike the screamer, who no one in their right mind wants to encounter, 'the little fella' has a rather mixed reception. Some would say he's misunderstood, more mischievous than evil. Others insist he's a thoroughly nasty piece of work, and best avoided.
Not only is there much disagreement about his character, there is not even a consensus about where his name comes from.