About this Piece
The basking shark is seen around Irish shores but surprisingly there are few references specifically to them in Irish mythology. However, there is a class of very old Irish stories known as Immram - or in Gaeilge, Iomramh - which is a collective name for stories about sea voyages where adventurers ventured out into the Ocean to search for the "Otherworld". There are many references to great sea creatures in their epic tales such as the Voyage of Máel Dúin, Bran and St Brendan.
This product measures 25mm long and 19mm 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.