THE CLADDAGH RING (From various sources)
The meaning, significance and history of the Claddagh ring has a rich ancient past that dates back to over 300 years. The design of the Claddagh ring and even the way the ring is worn are all deeply rooted in Irish tradition. Today, the meaning of the Claddagh ring and the significance of wearing Claddagh rings has spread far and wide. The Claddagh ring is made and worn far beyond the small fishing village in Ireland where the tradition started over 300 years ago.
The meaning of the Claddagh ring is what gives the ring it's significance. Over the years the Claddagh ring has brought up designs with minor variations, the basic meaning and significance of the Irish claddagh ring has however been retained. The hands of the ring are shown holding the heart and the hands denote friendship and togetherness, the heart itself signifies love and the crown in the Claddagh ring stands for loyalty. In summary, the meaning of the Claddagh ring could be summarized as, Let Love and Friendship Reign Forever.
Claddagh Lacrosse was founded by two great friends that were brought together through the sport of lacrosse, Nolan Godfrey and R.J. Dawson. For over 10 years, the two teammates and close friends have gone to war side by side as players and later led younger players as field generals in the coaching ranks. What brought them together was the premise that "Lacrosse Makes Friends".
Our version of the Claddagh symbol preserves much of its sacred historical meaning, and ties it into the game we are most privileged to play. We believe that our duty is likewise to Let Lacrosse and Friendship Reign Forever. With that in mind, our motto is:
Designed by our great friend and former Canadian box lacrosse teammate Stevie Cousins, the Claddagh Lacrosse emblem maintains the crown as loyalty is key for team success, opts for lacrosse gloves in lieu of hands to stand for the friendship that is strong between all players in the lax community, and he replaces the heart with two angled stick heads that are chained together in a heart shape to symbolize our common love for the sport we honor.