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A design of Irish origin showing two hands clasping a crowned heart, usually displayed on a piece of jewelry, especially a ring, and given as a token of love or friendship.

[After Claddagh, a fishing village and suburb of Galway.]
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Paddy's Day fun: You can get your Irish on several times this week at the Claddagh Irish Pub, 1702 Randall Road in Geneva.
I wasn't going to wear a wedding ring and the Claddagh, going round like I own a Northern club.
The dog was bred for great things as dam Claddagh Pearl was a daughter of the great Dolores Ruth-owned brood Razldazl Pearl and was a member of the same litter as Derby winner Razldazl George and his illustrious brother Razlkdazl Jayfkay.
After the alarm was raised on Wednesday evening a volunteer from Galway & Claddagh Swan Rescue located the stricken swan with the help of an Iarnrod Eireann worker.
A pal said: "The Claddagh Association in Perth are working to get Gerard home as soon a possible.
Officials believe the highest-value items include a claddagh ring estimated to be worth $48,000 and Bulger's replica 1986 Stanley Cup championship ring valued at about $3,000.
In preparation for the funeral, Richardson's coffin was driven to the couple's Hudson Valley farmhouse, emblazoned with an Irish claddagh symbol, signifying love, friendship and loyalty.
By statute and tradition the fishermen of the Claddagh were guardians of Galway bay, a responsibility they exercised, in their own ancient and somewhat idiosyncratic way, by limiting the duration of fishing seasons and defending their resource against those, chiefly 'outsiders', who were perceived to be threatening its natural abundance.
A Claddagh ring my brother Tommy bought me as a child.
I cherish a symbol from my 50% Irish heritage, the claddagh, which embodies love, loyalty, and friendship.
Among the companies exhibiting in the gallery are Blarney Glass, a new subsidiary of Blarney Stone Enterprises that features handmade collectibles and objets d'art glass; Donegal Parian China; Galway Irish Crystal (new in Atlanta are Liffey and Lagan full-crystal pillar candlesticks; Raindrops, Claddagh and Celtic vases, bowls and votives; and Religious and Hurricane candlesticks and hurricane lamps); and Newbridge Silverware.