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Irish Wolfhounds Rohan House Sign

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One of the most famous and saddest stories, of an Irish wolfhound was that of Gelert. This dog was given to Prince Llewellyn of Wales in 1210 by King John of England.

One day, according to the legend, the Prince went out leaving the Wolfhound in charge of his baby. When he returned it was to find the cradle overturned and the baby missing, the dog having blood on his paws. Impulsively assuming that the dog had killed and eaten the child, he drew his sword and killed the dog.

Then he found, safe beneath the overturned cradle, the baby and a dead wolf. The dog had, in fact, killed the wolf to protect the baby.

The Prince is said to have never smiled again and was forever haunted by the dying cries of his beloved hound.

The dog was buried with great ceremony in the village which became known as Bedgelert, meaning Gelert's grave.

The grave is still there today in the picturesque village in North Wales and has become a famous tourist spot. The event happened nine hundred years ago, and people still come from many miles just to see Gelert's grave.

The story first came to my attention in the 1960's whilst on holiday in North Wales. My in-laws said we were to visit the village of Bedgelert, which I have to say is a beautiful place and a fine tribute to this courageous dog.

 

As with all our house signs and house plaques, we produce using only Irish limestone mostly from counties Kilkenny, Roscommon, Galway or from the Burren. All our pieces are unique because of the millions of years they have taken to form. When looking at the stone you will be amazed to see the small sea creatures in fossil form whose shells formed the limestone over countless millions of years. Thanks to those tiny creatures your house plaque holds a slice of time millions of years old making this house plaque unique and an interesting addition to your home or an interesting and unusual present for a loved one. All our Irish limestone is supplied by God and nature and worked by man.

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