The Irish never wrote anything down. All our history was handed down from father to son and mother to daughter in oral form in one of our best traditions,Storytelling. When we decided to write things down we created a secretive script that no one else could understand. it's not that we are secretive we Just didn't want any one else to know.
This secret script was OGHAM, The language of the trees.
OGHAM is the first form of writing used by the Irish to record any great person place of event, It is also the first form of sign language in the world used by the druids to communicate in secret until it was banned.
OGHAM script is as interesting and mysterious as the people who created it with many claims to its origins it is referenced in the famous book from Kells along with the book of Balymote to name but a few, it is also believed that its origins could be from animal markings such as bear claws on trees as bears mark their territory by scraping the tree. The druids had a special connection to nature and its animals. Although bears haven't lived in Ireland for many years, bear remains have been found in caves on the west coast of Ireland.
OGHAM Script is read from the bottom up the same way you climb a tree. It was carved into stones and trees and used for all manner of myth and magic. Only the stones have survived with 500 discovered only a few have been translated.
Here we have four pieces in some the most commonly used words in the Irish language.
Failte which means Welcome
Slainte Which means Good Health
Sonas Which means Happiness
Gra which means Love
As we where speaking Irish on the Island of Ireland long before we spoke English the translations are not literal and each word can have different meaning, as with most things in Ireland everything is not as it seems.
Should you decide to choose one of these pieces you will be choosing a true piece of Ireland, Its' Culture, Which has endured Invasion, Wars, Rebellions, And the Ravages of time.
(Go Raibh Mile Math Agat)
Thank you Very Much