The Tara Brooch
However, although the Tara Brooch is named after the Hill of Tara which was the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, the brooch actually has no connection to the High Kings or the Hill of Tara, nor has it any pagan or Christian connection. A peasant woman found the Tara Brooch in a tin buried in the sand on a beach at Bettystown, in County Meath, on the east coast of Ireland 30 miles north of Dublin. Although it is possible that the brooch was found elsewhere but the woman claimed to have found it on the beach as to avoid a possible claim by whoever may have owned the land. This brooch eventually made its way into the hands of Dublin jeweller George Waterhouse, who named it as the Tara Brooch in order to help with the marketing of his own Celtic styled jewellery and it was used as a display in his Dublin jewellery shop. Waterhouse also brought the Tara Brooch to various exhibitions such as the 1851 Great Exhibition in London and the 1855 Exposition Universelle in Paris.
The Tara Brooch is recognised world-wide as a smybol of Ireland and has been replicated many times as jewellers produce their own version of this famous brooch. See the Tara Brooch on Totally Irish Gifts.com as created by Kevin Cunningham.