St. Brigid was born around 451 A.D. to a pagan father and a Christian slave mother. It was predicted by a Druid that she would do great things. Brigid’s father kept Brigid and her mother as slaves. She spent her earlier life cooking, cleaning, washing and feeding animals on her father’s farm. Brigid was inspired by the teachings of St. Patrick and she became a Christian.
At the age of eighteen she stopped working for her father. She decided that she would spend her life working for God by looking after sick, elderly and poor people. At this time she became one of the first nuns in Ireland. St. Brigid went on to establish many convents all over Ireland.
St. Brigid is the patroness of dairy maids, infants, midwives, blacksmiths, poets, nuns and students.
On one of her travels, St. Brigid went to visit a dying pagan chieftain She started to weave a cross from some rushes on the floor. He asked her what she was doing and she told him about Christ and the meaning of the Cross. The chieftain changed his faith and was baptized.
The making of a “St. Brigid’s Cross” is a custom of St. Brigid’s day. This cross is usually made out of reeds or rushes. It is then hung on the front doors of homes and left in place all year, to be burned and replaced with a newly-woven cross on the next St. Brigid’s Day.
Two wonderful ways to celebrate the life of this extraordinary woman is with our St. Brigid’s gold necklace, or with a beautiful Belleek Cross.
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Few collections represent true Irish gifts as much as those from Belleek Pottery. This exquisite St. Brigid’s Cross is no exception. Lovingly handcrafted in Ireland, it is a simple, yet classic reminder of our Irish roots and heritage.
Born during the 11th century, St. Brigid was the daughter of Dubhtach, a Leinster Pagan Chieftain. Second only to St. Patrick in the Irish heritage of Saints, Brigid is remembered by history for her great kindness and charity. Whilst explaining her passion for Christianity to a dying pagan, Brigid gathered rushes strewn on the floor and fashioned them into a cross. Today, her Cross is believed to keep want and evil away. It makes a classic statement, and would be a treasured Irish gift.
This stunning Cross measures approximately 8″ x 8″. Made in Ireland by Belleek Fine Parian China – who has been making china since 1857. Comes gift boxed.
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Children can learn about the value of money and their Irish heritage at the same time. One of my favorite Irish gifts from Belleek Pottery is this wonderful Piggy Bank. Children just love it, and it serves a practical purpose as well.
The Belleek Piggy Bank is made from the same fine Parian china that Belleek is so well-known for. The uniquly Irish design and hand decorated detail are what really separate Belleek from their imitators.
With its handpainted shamrocks and pink blush snout, this piggy bank is the perfect way to save loose change for that special purchase or goal. The piggy bank measures 6″ x 6″ x 4″ and is the perfect size for a bedroom shelf or display cabinet.
A charming idea that one customer had was to fill the piggy bank with coins from the year of the child’s birth. We thought that was a really great idea for a newborn! In all, the Belleek piggy bank is a wonderfully charming Irish gift for that special child. They will certainly grow to love it!