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Come, Send Round the Wine by Thomas Moore

Come, send round the wine, and leave points of belief
To simpleton sages and reasoning fools;
This moment’s a flower too fair and brief
To be wither’d and stain’d by the dust of the schools.
Your glass may be purple, and mine may be blue,
But, while they are fill’d from the same bright bowl,
The fool who would quarrel for difference of hue,
Deserves not the comfort they shed o’er the soul.

Shall I ask the brave soldier, who fights by my side
In the cause of mankind, if our creeds agree?
Shall I give up the friend I have valued and tried,
If he kneel not before the same altar with me?
From the heretic girl of my soul should I fly?
To seek somewhere else a more orthodox kiss?
No, perish the hearts, and the laws that try
Truth, valour, or love, by a standard like this!
–Thomas Moore 

How Do You Express Celtic Heritage WITHOUT a Kilt???

There are SO many great ways to explore and express your Gaelic heritage and cultural roots!

A special gift from our friends, Steel City Rovers

A message from Steel City Rovers Ryan McKenna:
Merry Christmas to our friends and fans in South Dakota! Like many of you, we had been looking forward to the NESD Celtic Faire & Highland Games in Aberdeen this past September.
Crossing the continent to enjoy the rich Celtic offerings infused with such warm Midwestern charm is an experience that we remain eager to repeat.

Thanks to Bart, Jon,  and the whole team for doing all that they can to navigate the realities of the pandemic and for keeping hope alive that we can come together very soon to celebrate once more.
We have been hard at work these past few months and we would like to present a brand new music video to our original song,

Christmas Eve Reverie. Directed by Stephen Milne, this short film wistfully brings memories of family and Christmas traditions to life, right before our misty eyes. We wish you, your family and the entire Celtic Faire & Highland Games community the very best of this beautiful season

Do Tartans Have Secret Meanings?

What do the lines in a tartan mean?
Do the colors of a tartan have specal meaning?
Does the thread count of a tartan have any meaning?
Is there a tartan code?
Why do clans have different tartans?
How do you know which tartan to wear?
Tartan (sometimes called plaid by mistake) is a patterned cloth consisting of crisscrossed threads of different colors. The number of threads is what differentiates the pattern. Over time, many people have come to believe that the shades of colors in tartan have a specific meaning – or a code. For example that “red means courage,” or “white means purity.” Is this purely myth? Yes and no. While there is no such hidden code, modern tartans are often created with the intention of ascribing meaning to some aspect of the design, especially colors.

 

Are Kilts from Scotland OR Ireland? (Some Basic Gaelic Garb History)

Are kilts Irish or Scottish? What did the Scottish wear before kilts? Why did the Irish wear kilts? (if they did) Was there, or is there, a pan-gaelic garment? What is the Irish Brat? What is an Irish léine? The traditional great kilt (“breacan an fheilidh” or “feile mor”) dates back to around the 16th century. But who came up with the idea?

WE HAVE A PASSION FOR HERITAGE Located in Spring City PA, USA Kilts is a team of American kilt makers who have been making men’s kilts in authentic clan tartans since 2003. We craft a full range of kilts right in our shop, from our budget casual kilt to our traditional machine sewn, hand-finished 8-Yard kilt. We specialize in all aspects of highland wear and Celtic clothing including Scottish, Irish and Welsh kilts and accessories.