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Galway Celtic Crystal

green cut crystalWhile I was in Galway last week I visited the Celtic Crystal factory and showroom and got a guided tour by the founder, Mary Munnelly, herself. What an experience - though I'm afraid the price of the products is away out of my pocket range. The unique range of ornate, exquisitely-crafted Irish Crystal has been in operation for about 40 years now reproducing symbols of Ireland’s culture and history - Claddagh Ring, Wheat, Shamrock, Harp, Tara Brooch, etc. - on exceptional crystal pieces. The workshops and showroom are well worth a visit. The coloured pieces are so difficult to make because of possible damage to the engraver's eyes that an engraver is allowed to make only three items in a year.