Children of Lir Earrings

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About this Piece

Handmade mixed metal earrings representing the children of Lir. When King Lir’s much loved wife Aoibh died, in his grief he married Aoife. Jealous of his love for his four children she used her magic to transform his children into swans and condemned them to live in these bodies for nine hundred years. The children had to spend 300 years on Lough Derravaragh, 300 years in the Sea of Moyle, and 300 years on the waters near to Inishglora Island until a church bell tolled and a monk blessed them. Only then were they freed from their spell.

This product measures 27mm long and 7mm wide.

About the Maker

Úna O Boyle is a jewelry designer, maker and storyteller who uses her silversmith craft to retell the ancient stories of her Irish and Celtic culture. She is passionate about the mythology and folklore that define her heritage, and after studying anthropology at university is now studying the Irish language too.
Having grown up in Belfast during the turbulent times of the 70s and 80s, Úna often escaped to rural Donegal on Ireland's remote northwest, a rugged area populated with hidden prehistoric megalithic tombs and ancient standing stones. These local relics are enshrouded in legends, from Diarmuid and Grainne’s grave to the 'little people' living under the mountains. Úna continues that tradition by enshrining her jewelry with Celtic and Irish symbolism, ensuring that these ancient stories live on.

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