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Celtic Chess Set

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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.

Due back in stock by Friday 10th July, purchase now to reserve

    • 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: 21.5 x 29 cm
  • Celtic chess pieces: 3 cm; King = 4 cm
  • O’Gowna storage box: 28 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

10 reviews for Celtic Chess Set

  1. Sara, Dublin, Ireland

    Excellent service from
    Fast delivery, beautiful gift wrapping

  2. 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. Caoife, Dublin


  4. Edward

    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. Erika

    Loads of fun! Feels ancient!

  6. Helene

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

  7. Barry Aykroyd (verified owner)

    Shauna, set has arrived in Brisbane , all he needs is to learn how to play !
    Thanks for your help, Barry.

  8. Richard Murray (verified owner)

    Beautiful board and pieces, fast delivery, and excellent service and support from Totally Irish Gifts. Exactly what I had been looking for.
    Very happy with purchase, store, and staff.

  9. Kristi (verified owner)

    We were so excited to find this set for our son who has fallen in love with fidchell.

    The package arrived more quickly than we expected and was packed exceptionally well. The board and pieces are beautiful and well constructed. We are very pleased and can’t wait for our son to open his gift on Christmas!

    Thank you for your excellent craftmanship and evident care!

  10. Jeremy (verified owner)

    Item arrived in excellent condition (gift wrapped for a birthday gift!!) and incredibly timely shipping. Seller worked with me to ensure delivery before birthday despite international shipping and ongoing pandemic. And the set is absolutely incredible looking! Such a unique item!

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