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The Claddagh Ring dates back well over three hundred years and belongs to a widespread group of finger rings called “Faith rings” or Fede in Italian which date from Roman times. Fede rings were popular in the Middle Ages throughout Europe. They are distinguished by having the bezel cut or cast in the form of two clasped hands, symbolising faith, trust or “plighted troth”.

The beautiful emblem of the joined hands clasping a crowned heart was a traditional symbol of the inhabitants of the Claddagh village, an Irish village to the southwest of Galway city, once said to be the oldest and most beautiful fishing village in Ireland. Unfortunately the thatched cottages have been replaced and the traditional costume is no longer worn, but the symbol still exists.

In earlier times this design was the symbol of the “Fishing Kings of Claddagh” meaning ‘in love and friendship let us reign’. In the 17th century the symbol was first depicted on a ring which became the fashionable exchange of friends or lovers. Tradition has it, that the heart worn outwardly on the back of the finger signifies that the wearer is “heart-whole and fancy free”. The ring was often an heirloom, passed from mother to daughter on the daughter’s wedding day.

The ascribed limits to where the ring came from is described roughly as the area from the Aran Islands on the West, and through all Connemara and Joyce Country to Galway, and then eastward and southward for about twelve miles in either direction. The whole district just happens to be the region surrounding Claddagh Village.

Some hundred years ago, there was another version of this ring in the city of Dublin named the Fenian Claddagh. This ring had two hands, two hearts, and no crown.

Symbolism
The hands are there for friendship,
The heart is there for love.
For loyalty throughout the year,
The crown is raised above.
There are several forms of symbolism about the Claddagh ring, dependant on which hand it is worn.

Worn on the right hand with the heart turned outwards, the world will know that the heart has not yet been won.
Worn on the right hand with the heart turned inwards, it shows that friendship and love is being considered.
Worn on the left hand with the heart turned inwards, it means two loves have joined forever.
As mentioned above, the heart, hands, and crown have symbolism to the wearer, but from where does each symbol come? We have to start by going far back to the time of the Gods. Dagda, the father of the Gods was a powerful being, complete with the ability to make the sun stand still. This he did once and stretched a day and night into nine months, in which time he bedded with a goddess and she bore him a son. According to legend, Dagda represents the right hand of the ring.

In the time of the ancient Celts, Anu was the ancestral and universal mother of the Celtic people. She is also known as Danu to her people. She is said to represent the left hand of the ring.

The crown represents Beathauile.

Finally, the heart represents the hearts of each and every member of mankind, in addition to the element which gives everlasting music to the Gael.

Another interpretation of the meaning of the ring is based on and directly correlative to the Shamrock, one of the oldest symbols of the Holy Trinity among the Irish. This interpretation describes the crown as a symbol of the Father, the left hand as the Son, and the right hand as the Holy Ghost, all caring for the heart in the centre, symbolizing humanity.

Throughout each varying symbolism, a single theme shines through, specifically that the ring symbolises the trinity of “Love, Loyalty, and Friendship” or, in Gaelic, “Grá, Dílseacht agus Cairdeas” (pronounced ‘graw, dealshocked ogis cordiss’).

Folk Legends
The Origins of the Claddagh Ring even yet remains a matter for conjecture, most of the popular stories of its origins attribute it to the Joyce family of Galway City.

First off, there is a tale of one of the Kings of Claddagh who fell in love with a peasant girl. Because she was of the lower classes, his love fell unrequited. In the depths of depression, the king died, requesting that his grave bear the symbol of a pair of hands holding his crowned heart as a symbol for his undying love of the peasant girl.

As legend has it, the town developed the ring (originally a sigil to be painted on ships and sails) to be worn by sailors of Claddagh. When these sailors would run into other fishermen in their waters, they would check for the sigil, and if they did not find it, they would kill them.

Another story says that a Margaret Joyce married Domingo de Rona, a wealthy Spanish merchant who traded with Galway. They proceeded to Spain, where he died, leaving her a considerable fortune. Returning to Galway she used her fortune to build bridges from Galway to Sligo, and re-married Oliver Og French, Major of Galway 1596/7. She was rewarded for her good works and charity by an eagle who dropped the original Claddagh ring into her lap.

A more likely story says that a Richard Joyce of Galway was captured by Algerian corsairs while on his way to the West Indies plantations, sold to a Moorish goldsmith who trained him in the craft. In 1689 he was released from slavery as a result of a demand from King William III. The Moor offered him his only daughter in marriage and half his wealth, if he would remain in Algiers, but Joyce declined and returned home, taking with him the idea of the Claddagh ring.

ACCESS STATEMENT FOR ‘CLADDA’ IN DARTMOUTH

INTRODUCTION TO ACCESSIBILITY

‘CLADDA’ is a 4 Room All En-suite Quality Guest Accommodation consisting of Two Doubles, Two Twin Bedded or Super King Double Plus Two Self Contained Suites each consisting of One Bedroom either as Twin Bedded or a Super King Double, each Living Room has the benefit of a Sofa Bed. Our On-site Parking is a Painted Concrete Area with White Lined Parking Bays accessed from Ford Valley by small stepped Kerb Upstand.

The Front of the house can be reached from the Footpath on the Kerbed Victoria Road. Number 88 on the Right Hand Side is 1 Step Up from the Pavement and Number 90 on the Left Hand Side is 1 Step Down from the Pavement. There is also 1 step Down between Number 90 and Number 88 situated a few centimetres to the Left of the Number 88 Door. The Lit 11 Steps Down to the Rear Car Park are situated on the Right Hand Side of the House Leading to the Lit Level Decking Walkway leading to the Lit 1 Step onto the Car Park in Ford Valley. This is also the Route from the Front Doors to the Fire Meeting Place on the Car Park in Ford Valley. Number 88 and Number 90 are both entered through separate Woodgrain uPVC Doors from the Front of the House on Victoria Road. The Front of the house can be reached from the Footpath on the Kerbed Victoria Road. Number 88 on the Right Hand Side is 1 Step Up from the Pavement and Number 90 on the Left Hand Side is 1 Step Down from the Pavement. There is also 1 step Down between Number 90 and Number 88 situated a few centimetres to the Left of the Number 88 Door. The Lit 11 Steps Down to the Rear Car Park are situated on the Right Hand Side of the House Leading to the Lit Level Decking Walkway leading to the Lit 1 Step onto the Car Park in Ford Valley. This is also the Route from the Front Doors to the Fire Meeting Place on the Car Park in Ford Valley.

The Front of the house can be reached from the Footpath on the Kerbed Victoria Road. Number 88 on the Right Hand Side is 1 Step Up from the Pavement and Number 90 on the Left Hand Side is 1 Step Down from the Pavement. There is also 1 step Down between Number 90 and Number 88 situated a few centimetres to the Left of the Number 88 Door. The Lit 11 Steps Down to the Rear Car Park are situated on the Right Hand Side of the House Leading to the Lit Level Decking Walkway leading to the Lit 1 Step onto the Car Park in Ford Valley. This is also the Route from the Front Doors to the Fire Meeting Place on the Car Park in Ford Valley. The Front of the House on Victoria Road is reached from the Lit Car Park at the Rear of the House in Ford Valley. On the Left Hand Side viewed from the Rear Car Park is 1 Step from the Car Park onto the Lit level Decking Walkway at the Side of the House Leading to the Lit 11 Steps Up to the Front of the House Outside of Number 88. There is also 1 Step Up between Number 88 and Number 90. The Images Illustrate ‘Cladda’ is a 2 Storey Property at the Front in Victoria Road and a 3 Storey Property off the Car Park at the Rear in Ford Valley with the 12 Steps Linking Front and Back.

90, VICTORIA ROAD – BEDROOMS and SLEEPING AREAS

The 1st Floor is reached by a Staircase with 14 risers up from the Ground Floor. Here on the 1st Floor at the Front of the House (Victoria Road) is Room 1, the ‘Pine Room’ which is a Double En-suite with a Bath with the benefit of an Electric Shower over with Screen and has a Handbasin and W/C.

Again on the 1st Floor at the Rear of the House (Ford Valley) is Room 2, the ‘Orchard Room’ which can be Twin Bedded or a Super King Double (Zip & Link), En-suite with 1 step up into Shower Cubicle with a Thermostatic Shower and has a Handbasin and W/C.

The Ground Floor is reached by 1 Step and a Door Threshold from the path leading to the Gate onto Victoria Road which has a small step down from the Pavement. Here on the Ground Floor at the Rear of the House (Ford Valley) is Room 3, the ‘Lemon Room’ which is a Double, En-suite with 1 step up into Shower Cubicle with a Thermostatic Shower and has a Handbasin and W/C.

Again on the Ground Floor, at the Front of the House (Victoria Road) is Room 4, the ‘Blossom Room’ which can be Twin Bedded or a Super King Double (Zip & Link), En-suite with 1 step up into Shower Cubicle which has an Electric Shower and has a Handbasin and W/C.

88, VICTORIA ROAD – ‘SUITES’ WITH BEDROOMS and SLEEPING AREAS

The ‘Dart Suite’ and the ‘Liffey Suite’ are both approached from Victoria Road (The Front of the House) with a shared uPVC Door by 1 step and the Door Threshold into the shared Hallway.

The ‘Dart Suite’ on the 1st Floor is entered by 1 step to a Privacy Door leading to a Staircase with 14 Risers up to the Landing. On the Landing 1 Door leads to the Bedroom which can either be Twin Bedded or as Super King Double. A Second Door off the Landing leads to the Living/Dining Room/Kitchen. The 3rd Door off the Landing leads to the Shower Room with 1 step up to the Cubicle with an Electric Shower and has a Handbasin and W/C.

The ‘Liffey Suite’ on the Ground Floor is entered from the shared Hallway through a Privacy Door to the Living?Dining Room/Kitchen. A Door leads from the Living Room to the Bedroom which can either be Twin Bedded or as a Super King Double. Off the Bedroom is the En-suite with 1 step up to the Cubicle with an Electric Shower and has a Handbasin and W/C. In this Ground Floor Suite we have provided Raised Electric Sockets and Lowered Light Switches for Guests using Wheelchairs.

We offer both Bed and Breakfast and Self Catering Accommodation.

In the Bed and Breakfast we offer Full Breakfast Choices, inc Special Needs and Continental or Room Only.

In the Self Catering we have provided Fully Equiped Kitchens and Dining Facilities.

We provide On-site (Off Road) Parking for our Guests and are a Stroll from the Embankment Waterfront, Town Centre, Restaurants and Shops.

WiFi for our Guests with suitable Laptops is provided at No extra charge.

PRE-ARRIVAL

Contact: Justine for Bed & Breakfast – Tel : + 44 (0)1803 835957 or Mob : + 44 (0)7967 060003 Email: BandB@cladda-dartmouth.co.uk

Contact: Roger for Self Catering – Tel : + 44 (0)1803 839330 or Mob : + 44 (0)7967 060002 Email: selfcatering@cladda-dartmouth.co.uk

For General inquires: Email: info@cladda-dartmouth.co.uk

Regular Bus Services with Stops a Few Paces Away.

Train Services in Totnes and Paignton (approx 30 minutes) by Car, Taxi or Bus.

We provide Phone numbersof Local Taxis or we can Book one for you.

We are a Stroll from Dartmouth’s Town Centre, Embankment Waterfront, Shops, Restaurants and Pubs.

ARRIVAL AND PARKING FACILITIES

Our Well Lit On-site (Off Road) Parking with White Lined Parking Bays is at the Rear of the House in Ford Valley which runs Parallel with Victoria Road and can be approached from either end of Ford Valley.

Our Entrances in Victoria Road can be accessed from the Lit Car Park at the back of the House in Ford Valley by 1 Step up onto the Lit Level Decking leading to 11 steps Leading up to the Front at No. 88 and 1 Further step up to Number 90 the Bed & Breakfast. ‘Cladda’ is Two Storey’s high at the Front in Victoria Road and Three Storey’s High at the Rear in Ford Valley as shown in our External Images of ‘Cladda’ on the Website and Literature.

We can assist with Luggage on Request.

‘Cladda’ has Clear signs at our Front Entrances in Victoria Road and our Car Parking at the Rear at our Car Parking in Ford Valley. Our Telephone Number is displayed on Both Signs.

MAIN ENTRANCE, RECEPTION & TICKETING AREA

We have Two Woodgrain uPVC Front Doors, One to No. 88 the Entrance to the ‘Suites’ and the other to No. 90 the Entrance to the B & B Rooms. Both Entrances have Door Bells and Guests are supplied with a Door Key. Both Doors each have a Mechanism by which they lock Automatically when Pushed/Pulled Closed, they do not need additional locking by Key. The key is only neccessary when opening each Door.

Assistance with Luggage can be provided if requested in advance or on arrival.

Writing Material and Pens/Pencils can be provided.

Carpets have been laid to All Bedrooms. White Ceramic Floor Tiles to All Bath/Shower Rooms and Wood Laminate Flooring to All Entrance Hallways, Living Room/Dining Room/Kitchen areas.

The Layout of the Premises is described on Arrival.

Useful Information Books are Provided in each Unit.

Fire Proceedure is Provided in each Unit.

PUBLIC AREAS – SITTING ROOM, LOUNGES, LOBBIES etc.

‘Cladda’ has No Lifts or Escalators, Access to All Floors is by way of Stairs.

All stairs are Carpeted and Well Lit at Night.

All Doors to Shared Areas are Fire Doors with Self Closers. Fire Exits are through the Front Doors and Down Steps to Rear Car Park.

Each Guests Room have a Front Door Key for Access at All Times (An extra Key can be provided on Request), as well as there own Room Key.

Assistance given with Baby Changing Facilities on Request.

The Dining Room Door in our Bed and Breakfast leads from the Ground Floor Entrance Hallway at Number 90 with a Staircase Down 13 Risers to the Lower Ground Floor Breakfast Room. There is 1 Step Down at the Back Door Leading out to the Car Park at the Rear in Ford Valley. The Dining Room Door Down to the Breakfast Room is not a Fire Escape Door as it is locked when not in use.

PUBLIC W/C’s

We do not have a Public W/C.

RESTAURANT/DINING ROOM, BAR & BAR AREA, TAKE AWAY and CAFE.

The Breakfast Dining Room Door as Indicated Leads Down 1, then a Further 12 Carpeted Stairs to the Lower Ground Floor, which is at Car Park Level. The Dining Room has an External Stable Room Door, Leading Down 1 step to the Car Park.

Dining is at the Communal Table and has Leather High Back Chairs without Arms.

LAUNDRY

Not available in B & B, Washing Machine/Tumble Dryers available in Suites. Ironing Facilities Provided in Suites or on Request in B & B.

SHOP

Not available.

TREATMENT ROOMS

Not available.

LEISURE FACILITIES

Not available.

OUTDOOR FACILITIES

Not available.

CONFERENCE & MEETING ROOMS, BANQUETING

Not available.

CLUBS and ENTERTAINMENT

Not available.

BATHROOM, SHOWER-ROOM & W/C

All En-suite Rooms have Showers only with the exception of Room 1 the ‘Pine Room’ which has a Bath with Electric Shower above and Screen. Room 2 the ‘Orchard Room and Room 3 the ‘Lemon Room’ have Thermostatic Showers. The ‘Dart Suite’, the ‘Liffey Suite’, Room 4 the ‘Blossom Room’ have Electric Showers. All Shower Room have White Ceramic Floor Tiles.

SELF CATERING KITCHENS

The ‘Dart Suite’ and the ‘Liffey Suite’ in Number 88 both have Fully Fitted and Equiped Kitchens with Cooker, Microwave, Washing Machine/Tumble Dryer, Kettle, Toaster, Sandwich Toaster, Stainless Steel Pots and Pans, Crockery and Cutlery.

CARAVANS, HOLIDAY HOMES & TWIN UNITS

Not available.

TOURING FACILITIES (HOLIDAY PARKS)

Not Available.

BOATS – NARROW BOAT, CRUISER & HOTEL BOAT

Not Available.

ATTRACTIONS (DISPLAYS, EXHIBITS, RIDES etc.

Not Available.

GROUNDS & GARDENS

Small Front Garden with Wooden Seating.

200 Metres to Small Public Park.

500 Metres Walk to Coronation Park – Large Grassed Area.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

We request that All B & B Rooms, Apartments and Car Park are vacated by 10.30 am (1030 hours) unless by prior arrangement with Roger or Justine.

We carry Full Public Liability Insurance.

Annual Gas Safety check Certificate.

Certified Fully Compliant with Current Fire Regulations.

Our Address is : ‘Cladda’, 88 – 90, Victoria Road, Dartmouth, Devon, TQ6 9EF.

Contact: Justine for Bed & Breakfast – Tel : + 44 (0)1803 835957 or Mob : + 44 (0)7967 060003 Email: BandB@cladda-dartmouth.co.uk

Contact: Roger for Self Catering – Tel : + 44 (0)1803 839330 or Mob : + 44 (0)7967 060002 Email: selfcatering@cladda-dartmouth.co.uk

For General inquires: Email: info@cladda-dartmouth.co.uk

Minincom : Not available.

email : info@cladda-dartmouth.co.uk

web : www.cladda-dartmouth.co.uk

Hours of Operation – Open All Year.

Emergency Number (Fire – Police – Ambulance) – 999

Local Carers – Not Available.

Local Equipment Hire Companies – Available from Local Health Centre 832212 – From Mobile : 01803 832212.

Local Public Transport Numbers – Traveline : 0871 2002233.

Local Accessible Taxi Numbers – See Handbook in rooms.

Drying Room and Deep Freeze Facilities – Down 10 Steps from Car Park and 1 small step into the Room.

FUTURE PLANS

No Future Alterations Planned at Present.

CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBER AND EMAIL ADDRESS

We welcome your feedback to help us continually improve. If you have any Comments please call us on :

Contact: Justine for Bed & Breakfast – Tel : + 44 (0)1803 835957 or Mob : + 44 (0)7967 060003 Email: BandB@cladda-dartmouth.co.uk

Contact: Roger for Self Catering – Tel : + 44 (0)1803 839330 or Mob : + 44 (0)7967 060002 Email: selfcatering@cladda-dartmouth.co.uk

For General inquires: Email: info@cladda-dartmouth.co.uk

DIRECTIONS TO ‘CLADDA’ IN DARTMOUTH

BEWARE !!! – USING A SATELLITE NAVIGATION SYSTEM

THIS WILL USUALLY DIRECT YOU M5 – A380 (CAN GET CONGESTED ESPECIALLY IN SUMMER MONTHS) – A3022 – A379

HILLHEAD AND THE HIGHER FERRY or A379/B3205 KINGSWEAR AND LOWER FERRY – THE SAT NAV’s ASSUME THAT THERE IS A BRIDGE ACROSS TO DARTMOUTH !!!
THERE CAN BE DELAYS WAITING FOR FERRIES, ESPECIALLY IN SUMMER WITH DELAYS OF OVER 1 HOUR AT TIMES.

THE LAST FERRY TO DARTMOUTH APPROX10.45pm(22.45)

THE SAT NAV’s ALSO DIRECT YOU ALONG SOME VERY NARROW ROADS WHEN YOU HAVE REACHED DARTMOUTH,

SEE COLOURED ADVISED ROUTE FROM EACH FERRY ON OUR MAP OVERLEAF.

IF YOU ARE USING A SAT NAV SYSTEM, IT CAN BE ADVISABLE TO ROUTE THROUGH TOTNES and HALWELL IF YOU WISH TO AVOID FERRIES.

USING A ROAD MAP

BY FERRY ROUTE – M5 – A380 – A3022 – A379 – HILLHEAD – HIGHER or LOWER FERRY (KINGSWEAR) – THEN FOLLOW COLOURED ROUTE ON MAP OVERLEAF.

NON FERRY ROUTE – FROM NORTH M5 – A38 HEADING TOWARDS PLYMOUTH AFTER 16/17 MILES, YOU WILL SEE TURN OFF IS DART BRIDGE A384 FOR ABOUT 4/5 MILES TO DARTINGTON – LEFT ON A385 ABOUT 1+ MILES PAST SCHOOL TO TRAFFIC LIGHTS – TURN RIGHT A381 (SIGNPOSTED DARTMOUTH) – AFTER APPROX 6 MILES TO TOTNES CROSS TURN LEFT AT GARAGE ONTO A3122 TO DARTMOUTH – APPROX 6 MILES TO OUTSKIRTS OF DARTMOUTH – THEN FOLLOW ROUTE ON MAP TO CLADDA MARKED “A”.

High chair and Booster seat available if required. Sheets and Duvets are provided for the Cot, but you can bring any additional bedding if you wish. We also have FREE WiFi so the children can keep themselves entertained!

Where to Go

Dartmouth is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
You have your pick of fantastic beaches to enjoy, like Blackpool Sands, Goodrington Sands, Bigbury on Sea & Island with its unique Sea Tractor and Bantham Beach famous for it Surfing.
There are also invigorating Coastal Walks to the WWII Gun Emplacements at Froward Point. You can also visit Agatha Christie’s house at Greenway not forgetting Coleton Fishacre with it beautiful House and Gardens.

Things to Do.

Dartmouth is Famous or Crabbing. Sit on the quay and be thrilled to catch lots of crabs with our FREE crabing lines and buckets. Visit the famous Woodlands Family Theme Park with its rides and attractions the largest theme park in the South West not to mention it has the largest indoor play areas in the country, or visit the award winning Pennywell Farm and interact with all the animals. Why not also visit The Donkey Sanctuary which recently featured on TV.

Paddle Steamer Why not go for a trip on the river on last remaining Coal Fired Paddle steamer, Kingswear Castle or spend a day exploring South Devon by Boat, Bus and Rail with Riverlinks Round Robin Ticket.

Dogs are very welcome as long as they are well-behaved. Dartmouth is a Dog Friendly town. Most of the Pubs and Resturants allow dogs into the bar areas.

Where to walk your dog.

Dartmouth is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has lots of scope for exercising your dog. In Dartmouth there is Coronation Park where you will find other like minded dog lovers enjoying a tea or coffee whilst their dogs run around and burn of all that energy. You have your pick of fantastic beaches to enjoy, like Blackpool Sands (only open to dogs during the winter), Goodrington Sands, Bigbury on Sea & Island with its unique Sea Tractor and Bantham Beach famous for it Surfing. There are also invigorating Coastal Walks to the WWII Gun Emplacements at Froward Point. You can also visit Agatha Christie’s house at Greenway not forgetting Coleton Fishacre with it beautiful House and Gardens. (Please check current regulations first).

There is a £10 charge per night per dog. We welcome responsible owners who clean up after their dog.