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Fragments of evidence bear witness to the sixth century monastic settlement founded by St. Kevin which became a center of learning and a university city. Many original celtic design motifs, carved by early Christian artist/craftsmen, remain on the walls of its seven churches to this day. Their interpretation, in many cases, obscured in the mists of time.

Today, JOE O'NEILL has created a range of solid sterling silver jewellery from the beautiful celtic designs of his native valley, so that you may be adorned with the works of Glendalough's craftsmen, past and present.

Born in Glendalough Valley, Joe O'Neill served an apprenticeship in jewellery design. In 1975 Joe opened his own workshop. His creativity and style are evident in the elegant range of jewellery at his workshop. Each piece is individually marked with his monogram J.O.N.


A wide range of styles can be seen in the comprehensive display at the craft center. These included designs in 9ct and 14ct gold, as well as in sterling silver. The range includes a selection of rings in contemporary styles and an impressive display of jewllery set with semi-precious stones: Tiger's Eye, Amethyst and Agates. Ireland's native Connemara Marble is featured in an elegant range that will enhance and adorn any outfit.


Celtic Art is an ornamental style indigenous to Ireland and its celtic neighbours. The Book of Kells, The Ardagh Chalice and The Tara Brooch, the most famous Irish celtic artifacts, are noted for their great beauty and the complexity of their ornamental patterns. Patterns used in celtic designs may be abstract, iconographic or symbolist in nature. The earliest forms originated from spirals and developed through chevrons, step patterns, interlacing knotwork, zoomorphics (animal representations) and interlaced plant motifs to anthropomorphics (human forms).

At Glendalough all forms of Celtic patterns were used throughout the centuries as decorative carvings on stonework of its seven churches and on the pages of illuminated manuscripts: The Drummond Martyrology and The Rawlinson B502 which have been attributed to Glendalough.



The Saltire Cross

The Saltire Cross carved into the doorway (overhead) of St. Mary's Church which was reputed to be used specifically for women, probably marking a place of refuge or safety.



The Gateway Cross

This cross is carved into the wall inside the main entrance and marked the point of protection and safety of the Monastery for those in danger.





The Tree Of Life

A variation of the Tree of Life from St. Saviours Church which embraces the whole of creation as the seven beings of the celtic world…plant, insect, fish, reptile, bird, animal and man. This design is unique to Glendalough.




The Celtic Interlace

From St. Saviours Church, symbolizing continuity of life, ending and beginning. The symbol of eternity.





Two Birds Holding a Human Head

From St. Saviours Church. This design is reputed to be a symbol of friendship between the inner and the outer man or spirit and soul.




The Spiral

As a symbol, had a beginning at the dawn of man's intellect. It represents the sun and instinctively it is man's first artistic expression in drawing and construction (circular huts).




Native Connemara Marble

Examples of our Connemara Marble range which would enhance and adorn any outfit.