About this Piece
This beautiful handcrafted beaker tells the tragic story of the legendary Diarmuid Ua Duibhne, a member of ‘Na Fianna’, a group of legendary Irish warriors. Diarmuid eloped with Grainne, the most beautiful woman in Ireland (and betrothed to Fionn MacCool, the leader of Na Fianna), only to be later mortally wounded by a giant boar, who had originally been murdered as a human by Diarmuid’s father and transformed into a boar. Fionn reluctantly tried to heal Diarmuid with water from his magically healing hands, though finds himself too late, and Diarmuid perishes.
About the Maker
In 1974, Paddy Collins revived the ancient craft of pewter manufacturing in Ireland, establishing his workshop in Mullingar, County Westmeath. Pewter has existed since ancient Egyptian and Roman times (as an alloy of tin mixed mainly with copper and antimony), and came to Ireland 800 years ago, becoming fashionable among the wealthy and for ceremonial purposes. Mullingar Pewter combines traditional handcrafted techniques that take many years to perfect, along with modern advances (modern pewter no longer contains lead, for instance), producing wonderful heritage gifts.