This rosary keychain is a replica of the Single-decade Rosary used in Ireland in the Penal days. In the Irish language, “Paidrin” means Rosary and “Beag” means small. “An Paidrin Beag” is therefore a uniquely Irish Rosary. It did not come about purely as a convenience, though it is small enough to use in your pocket as you sit on the bus or go for a walk on a cold day.
This very personal, single decade of the Rosary dates back to the Penal times when it was forbidden to practice the Catholic faith in Ireland. This suppression only served to increase the faith of the Irish people. Priests lived in hiding and Mass was celebrated on the open hillsides and the people found more and more ways of continuing their devotions without being detected. An Paidrin Bead is one result of their determined ingenuity.
We are proud to say that we have been handmaking Irish rosary beads here in Rathfarnham since 1945. The strength and simplicity of the Irish Rosary was famous in monastic times. This decade is made with the same beauty, tradition and strength and will be your friend for many years to come. You may also like to see our Wooden Rosary Beads The Book of Kells