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  1. Description: There's a little bit of artistic licence in 'By Hook or by Crook' as they are actually miles apart... It's thought the expression dates from the days of the first Norman invasions of Ireland, when rudimentary sailing boats left from Bristol or Pembroke bound for Ireland. The first Norman king of Ireland was Richard III. Back in his day, depending on the weather, the voyage to Ireland could be extremely hazardous and many ships didn’t make it. For the Normans, the two most extreme points on the Irish southern coast with harbour's where they could possibly dock were Hook Head in Wexford to the east, and Crookhaven in Cork to the west. If you failed to make land between Hook and Crook, you were going off towards the wild Atlantic and the treacherous west coast, where the seas were huge, the ports few, and the native Irish not too friendly to the hapless Normans. Therefore, the Normans vowed to land in Ireland “by hook or by crook” and deploy any means necessary to do so, because to miss the stretch between Hook Head and Crookhaven meant the voyage was a total failure.

    Size: 26.5cm x 26.5cm
    Presented: Comes presented in a gift box
    Additional Information: Made in Ireland

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  2. Description: Poolbeg stands proudly at the mouth of the Liffey where she meets the Irish sea in Dublin Bay. Rough, concrete, hard, brutal, it has everything going on that you would not associate with an iconic building, but for Dublin Poolbeg represents home and is often the first recognizable piece of architecture whether arriving by sea or air.

    Size: 26.5cm x 26.5cm
    Presented: Comes presented in a gift box
    Additional Information: Made in Ireland

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  3. Description: Each of our ‘Captured Memories’ are in their own way unique. Hand rolled porcelain, cut, ripped & stamped, delicately drawn pencil sketches, lovingly crafted in our Belfast studio. Timeless landscapes and memories, captured forever in porcelain.’ One of Stephen Farnan's favourites… May the road rise up to meet you is one of my more formal pencil drawings, taken from a sketch from the Slea Head Drive in County Kerry. But it’s more about the saying, an old Irish blessing.

    Size: 26.5cm x 26.5cm
    Presented: Comes presented in a gift box
    Additional Information: Made in Ireland

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