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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.

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


Brand: O'Gowna Studios

Material: Limestone

Made in: Dublin

Full Gift Description

This Celtic Chess Set is a ceramic board game to play the ancient Irish Game of Fidchell. 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!

Approx dimensions:

  • Celtic chess board: 21.5 x 29 cm
  • Celtic chess pieces: 3 cm; King = 4 cm

Instructions of play included.

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.

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This Irish gift is ideal for:

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


Made in Dublin, Ireland, by O’Gowna Studios.

Click here to view all gifts by O’Gowna Studios currently in stock at Totally Irish Gifts

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

Dispatch & Delivery

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We aim to dispatch in-stock orders within 24 hours, but certainly within 2 working days.

Delivery Cost:
Express tracked post within Ireland (32 counties) for orders under €70 = €5.00
Express tracked post within Ireland (32 counties) for orders over €70 = FREE SHIPPING
Express tracked post to U.K. = €8.00
Express tracked post to Rest of the World = cost varies and is based on weight and size of packaged order, customers can view this cost in the cart and in checkout


21 reviews for Celtic Chess Set – Ancient Irish Game of Fidchell

  1. Madison Busch (verified owner)

    Beautiful board and pieces! They were wrapped well and all came intact! The customer service was great and so was the package tracking!

  2. Mary McManus (verified owner)

    Brilliant friendly service . High quality product.

  3. Ian Gaffney

    Recently purchased the chess set as a gift for Christmas. The parcel arrived within a few short days. It was carefully packed so no issues at all . I was delighted with the quality and the overall stall style of the item. It looks really cool. Great job guys I would definitely buy from you again .

  4. Stephanie Anderson (verified owner)

    Bought this to give to my Son for Xmas. Was a bit nervous about having it posted Internationally but it arrived intact along with the other items I purchased. All due to the impeccable wrapping and packing by Shauna and her team. Love all the items I purchased and this chess set is very unique. Excellent customer service. Order with confidence from Totally Irish Gifts.

  5. Steve Garvey (verified owner)

    Excellent Seller !!! Outstanding Top Quality !!! Looks Elegant !!! Fast Service !!! Well Packaged for Shipping !!! Love This Game !!! Thank You Very Much !!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!!

  6. Aisling F (verified owner)

    The chess set itself is amazing quality and very beautiful. I have to commend Totally Irish Gifts on their amazing customer service: the item was out of stock when I enquired and was updated regularly with info on my query and order. Top notch customer care!!

  7. Dave, Illinois, USA (verified owner)

    Beautiful set, packed safely for international delivery. Excellent customer service. Thank You!

  8. Zander (verified owner)

    Beautiful set, exactly as advertised. Shauna was also really responsive and helpful when there there were shipping issues out of her control. Thanks so much!

  9. Terry Martin (verified owner)

    Very happy with this – Made a great and unique present. Thanks 🙂

  10. Kathleen Hickey (verified owner)

    I ordered this for my son for a Christmas gift.I was a bit nervous as I never used this company before.I’m so glad I ordered this now.It’s perfect!It was so well packed and delivered in no time.Customer service is exceptional.Will use this company for every occassion in future.

  11. Karon (verified owner)

    Just got it and while I tried to take a peek to see if there was any damage, it was so well protected I am confident there isn’t. This is a Christmas gift for my husband who is half Irish and I know he is going to love it.

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. Barry Aykroyd (verified owner)

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

  16. Helene

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

  17. Erika

    Loads of fun! Feels ancient!

  18. 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!

  19. Caoife, Dublin


  20. 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.

  21. Sara, Dublin, Ireland

    Excellent service from
    Fast delivery, beautiful gift wrapping

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