The lonely life of a monk

 There is little left standing of the monastic site of Riasc, save for the Riasc Ogham Stone. The early 7th Century settlement is off the beaten track even by today’s standards, but fourteen hundred years ago it would have felt truly isolated.That is after all what the monks wanted. Living in little clocháns: solemn, empty beehive shaped stone huts, they devoted their lives to prayer and study.

The two things Irish monks gave us to enjoy

We have a lot to thank the ancient monks for in Ireland. When they weren’t getting pillaged by marauding Vikings, they were busy preserving Irish history as we know it. They were the first to use the Latin alphabet as we now use it...

The first Irish American

Next Columbus day, remember who really found America. Columbus Day has just gone by in the United States, marking the Italian explorer’s famous journey across the Atlantic. Most Scandinavians will wag their fingers and remind us that the Viking Leif Erickson got there four hundred years earlier. The Norse Vikings were driven out of Ireland in 1014 at the battle of Clontarf, by High King Brian Ború, and haven’t been back since. So we can forgive them for not knowing America was discovered eight hundred before Columbus.

Passing down

So much of Ireland has changed over the last forty years. Workers who thatched roofs, span wool and weaved wicker have grandchildren working in tech companies, consultancy and financial services. Those old industries are rarely passed down.

Standing Inspiration

Ireland's Ancient Standing Stones,Ireland standing stones are a symbol of a culture which was already ancient by the time the great pyramids of Egypt were built. Stretching back over 5,000 years, these millennia old artefacts continue to bare witness to an unbroken tradition of craftsmanship. Irish craftsmen like Brian de Staic have over the generations been inspired by those nameless, long passed artists who enriched the island with a wealth of symbolic  artefacts.


Ireland's Ogham Alphabet ,Ogham inscribed jewellery is a signature of Brian de Staic, a gift with a personal touch and an ancient significance. The main use of the Ogham alphabet hasn’t changed in almost two millennia: a personal inscription. Records of people long past make up the bulk of standing Ogham stones littered around the Dingle Peninsula. Each Ogham stone has a name.


Breacadh an Lae, ‘The Break Of Day’, is a pendant by Brian de Staic who’s inspiration has a truly ancient lineage. The piece is based on the winter solstice at Newgrange where, at the break of day, the rising sun illuminates the central chamber of the 5,000 year old Neolithic wonder.

Celebrities wear Brian de Staic jewellery.

  Actress and director Cecilia Peck looked gorgeously sleek at the Emmys, accented with her Brian de Staic Aglish Pendant. Cecilia's grandfather, Gregory Peck, had Irish roots from the area the Aglish Pillar was found. The Aglish Pillar Stone influenced the design of our Aglish Pendant. The design is a meshing of the ancient Ogham with the Christian cross and Ogham writing.
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