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'Morrigan' Claddagh Watch

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Morrigan Claddagh Irish Watch. Antique silver plated bangle with embossed Claddagh dial. Please allow up to 5 days for watch to dispatch even with our express shipping service. This beautiful and unusual watch is named after Morrigan, High Queen and goddess of the Tuatha Dé Danann (the mythical race of people descended from the goddess Danu, responsible for all the tales). She was a trinity; Macha, Badb, and Nemhain, all three bloodthirsty and feared by the enemies of the Tuatha Dé Danann. As Macha she was goddess of war and fertility who could take the shape of a crow or a raven. As Badb she was the water-god whose sacred well was a source of knowledge. As Nemhain she was the goddess of war and battle. The Claddagh: The Hand Signifies Friendship, the Crown Loyalty, And the Heart Love. The tradition of the Claddagh Symbol dates back to the 16th Century when Richard Joyce, a native of Galway was captured by Algerian Corsairs while on his way to the West Indies. He was sold as a slave to a wealthy Moorish Goldsmith who trained him in the craft. His master took a great liking to him and offered him his freedom which Richard happily accepted. He returned to his native country and settled down in the ancient village of Claddagh, just outside Galway city, where he designed and made the first Claddagh ring. It soon became very popular with local people as a Betrothal or Wedding Symbol. Today, because of this tradition, the Claddagh continues to grow in popularity and is used internationally as a sign of great friendship and love. Click the image for a larger view. Click the inset for side view.

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