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Celtic Chess Set

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 8 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)


The Celtic Chess Set is based on the ancient Irish game of ‘Fidchell’, devised by Lugh the Ildána, Celtic God of Arts and Crafts in the 9th Century.

The four corner squares represent the four provinces of Ireland and the centre square is the fifth province – Meath, where the High King sat on the Hill of Tara. The High King has eight defenders. There are twelve attackers. The objective of the game is for the High King to travel to one of the four provinces without being captured. With 12 attackers and only 8 defenders how is the King ever to win? Skill and wit, as ever, holds out!

See our blog on the ancient Irish game of Fidchell and the Celtic Chess Set.

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    • 2.5 €


This Celtic Chess Set is created by O’Gowna, Naul, Co. Dublin and is a fantastic gift from Ireland for the cultured collector to treasure.


This Celtic Chess Set is handmade from cold cast porcelain, i.e. a porcelain powder that is bonded so that they are both decorative and functional, which means they don’t break easily. O’Gowna was taught this process over twenty years ago by Royal Doulton master craftsmen.


As this Celtic Chess Set is handmade there may be slight visual variations, however, the same high quality of craftsmanship will apply to all sets.

Instructions of play included.


Approx dimensions:

  • Celtic chess board: 23 x 30cm
  • Celtic chess pieces: range 2.5cm – 4.5cm.
  • O’Gowna storage box: 27 cm x 34 cm x 4,5 cm


This Irish gift is ideal for:

  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Anniversary (especially 9th = pottery)
  • Birthdays
  • Christmas
  • Father’s Day
  • Mother’s Day
  • New Home
  • Retirement
  • Wedding

Additional information

Weight 2.2600 kg

6 reviews for Celtic Chess Set

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sara, Dublin, Ireland

    Excellent service from totally-irish-gifts.com
    Fast delivery, beautiful gift wrapping

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    SASKATOON, SK, Canada

    This item arrived in perfect condition and was really well packed. It’s a beautiful set, and the person I bought it for is delighted. The service and shipping were both excellent.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Caoife, Dublin


  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    I am over the moon with my fidchell set. It’s exactly as shown on the website. Delivery was very quick considering I’m half a globe away. Thank you so much!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    Loads of fun! Feels ancient!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5


    The game is exactly as it was shown. Very well packaged. Looks stunning and a good quality product. Service was prompt.

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