Walt Disney and the Claddagh.
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Did you know that Walt Disney was proud or his Irish roots and proudly wore his Claddagh Ring. Walt Disney and his wife apparently purchased a pair of Claddagh rings during a trip to Ireland and wore them often. The image above is of his wax works figure at Madame Tussauds, Orlando. This ring was one of only two pieces of jewelry that Disney wore, the other being his wedding ring which he wore on the other hand. The name Disney is an anglicization of the name d’Isigny and arrived in Ireland with the Norman invasion of the 11th century. Disney’s grandfather was born in Kilkenny in the 1830s, shortly before his family emigrated to Canada and eventually settled in the Midwest.
Disney visited the land of his forefathers on more than one occasion, most notably for the Dublin premiere of Darby O’Gill and The Little People in 1959, which starred Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, Sean Connery, and Jimmy O’Dea. In a letter to his sister Ruth, Disney wrote of his visit, “the Irishers presented me with a pony which they shipped over here. The little fellow —who, incidentally, was named ‘Darby O’Gill’—is being broken and fattened up and will eventually make a marvellous pony for the grandchildren.”
Although Walt Disney did not settle in Ireland his nephew Roy E Disney, bought Coolmain Castle near Kilbrittan, Co Cork . The original castle dates from the 1400’s and Disney carried out extensive refurbishment to the property. He was a keen sailor and was a regular visitor to the castle and Cork yacht race week. Of course we are very proud of our Claddagh Jewelry here at www.connemaramarble where our FREE SHIPPING continues until December 31st.
Photo credit to The Irish Abroad
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