The Meaning of Claddagh
The Claddagh is a traditional Irish ring given in friendship or worn as a wedding ring. The design and customs associated with it originated in the Irish fishing village of Claddagh, located just outside the city of Galway. The ring was first produced in the 17th century during the reign of Queen Mary II, though elements of the design are much older.
The Claddagh design features two hands clasping a heart, and this symbol are often said to correspond to the qualities of love (the heart), friendship (the hands), and loyalty (the crown). The expression associated with these symbols in the giving of the ring was: “with my two hands I give you my heart, and crown it with my love.”
Meet Terry and Mayra Cromer
Claddagh Restaurant and Pub Owners/Chefs
Tucked into the side street of East Parrish Avenue in High Point is The Claddagh—a small, yet cozy Irish pub owned by locals Terry and Mayra Cromer.
Over two hours west in Asheville, there is another location of The Claddagh also owned and managed by the Cromers. Terry Cromer describes The Claddagh as “cheers with an Irish twist.” However, their well-known and always-hopping restaurant is not the only thing that is grabbing everyone’s attention.
In the kitchen of The Claddagh, Mayra Cromer is whipping up something fresh and potentially profitable: her one-of-a-kind blueberry jam. She said this jam is not just for your biscuit because it is a popular and widely used condiment at the restaurant. Terry Cromer said the jam is served to every table with their homemade scones, which he added, is an Irish tradition. Mayra’s Everything Blueberry Jam goes with their pancakes, their French toast and in their specialty blueberry martini. Mayra Cromer also makes a blueberry balsamic barbecue glaze that she uses on the pork chops. However, this sauce is not on the market just yet, she said. Mayra’s Everything Blueberry Jam consists of smashed blueberries, sugar, lemon, cinnamon, cornstarch, flour, water topped off with a zing of ginger.
Mayra Cromer said that her jam could go on almost anything, but her favorite use is eating it on pancakes. Of course, she said, she also thoroughly enjoys drinking her blueberry martini creation.
Terry and Mayra are there Wednesday though Sunday...stop by and let them know keep up the Irish tradition.