Unparalleled beauty of Donegal & Triona Design Visitor Centre

For many years as a child, we went on our summer holidays to Donegal. My sister and I were attending an Irish primary school in Dublin City Centre (Marlborough Street) and my dad was keen on getting us up to hear Irish being spoken naturally. We had great times up there and working up the […]

Bealtaine Festival at Uisneach

Uisneach Fire Festival

Last year when I was researching the Celtic Festival of Bealtaine, I learned about the fire celebration that takes place in Uisneach in County Mullingar. I’m crazy about triple spirals (triskele) and I love a good fire, so when I saw the photographs of triskele with flames (!!) well the Uisneach Festival was immediately put […]

The Hill of Tara – a sacred tour of prehistoric Ireland

I managed a kid-free trip to the Hill of Tara over Easter and I loved it. Given the many stories about Tara and it being the place where the High Kings of Ireland lived and the old stories that link it to the Ark of the Covenant, it amazes me that so much of the […]

Tracy Gilbert shortlisted for Fingal Enterprise Awards

Tracy Gilbert at the Fingal Enterprise Awards

What an amazing honour it was to be shortlisted for the Fingal Enterprise Awards 2018. It was really great to be given the opportunity to pitch to business experts about my aspirations for Tracy Gilbert Designs. I set up my company back in 2014 when I was still working as a full time actuary. As […]

St. Brigid’s Day – Lá Fhéile Bhríde

The 1st of February celebrates St. Brigid, one of the patron saints of Ireland and was known also as a fertility goddess in Celtic mythology. There are many spellings for her name – Brigid, Bridget, Brigit, Brighid, Bríd, and Bride. The feast day co-incides with what was originally a pagan festival called Imbolc, marking the arrival […]

Tips for cleaning your jewellery

Each piece from Tracy Gilbert is handcrafted in Dublin with love of Irish roots, history and folklore. To help you care for your jewellery, I have put together a short and easy guide full of tips to ensure that your piece remains in lovely condition and can be passed on through the generations. How To […]

Finding Ways to Make it Happen!

You wouldn’t think that a car journey with your husband and a 10-month old baby would be the time most people decide to leave their job and start their own business. But anyone who knows me would tell you that it sounds just like me – I’m not afraid of taking the odd risk and […]

How to Wear the Claddagh Ring [Complete Guide]

how to wear the claddagh ring

The Claddagh Ring And Its History There are many pieces of traditional Irish jewellery including the Celtic knot bands and crosses which I adore but there has always been a special place in my heart for the Claddagh Ring. The Claddagh Ring is a beautiful piece of jewellery showing great craftsmanship and has a lineage […]

Bealtaine – a Celtic Fire Festival

One of the most significant dates in Celtic times was the Festival of Bealtaine. Around May 1st is when the ancient festival of Bealtaine (also called Beltane) took place, about halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Like many other Celtic festivals the date has an agricultural significance as it symbolised the start […]