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7 Famous Celebrities That Wear The Irish Claddagh Ring

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As far as ancient Irish Celtic symbols go the Claddagh ring is arguably one of the most popular.

Today I will be sharing seven famous celebrities that wear the Claddagh ring.


What does the ring represent?

The Claddagh ring (Irish: fáinne Chladaigh) is a traditional Irish ring which represents love, loyalty, and friendship (the hands represent friendship, the heart represents love, and the crown represents loyalty).

The Claddagh Ring - Celtic symbols


The Claddagh Ring Rules

In case you are wondering, the Claddagh ring rules are:

  • On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the fingertips: the wearer is single and may be looking for love.
  • On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the wrist: the wearer is in a relationship.
  • On the left hand with the point of the heart toward the fingertips: the wearer is engaged.
  • On the left hand with the point of the heart toward the wrist: the wearer is married.

Famous Celebrities that wore the Claddagh ring:

Celebrities that wear the Claddagh ring

 1. Jennifer Aniston wearing the Claddagh ring

Jennifer Aniston friends Claddagh ring (1)

Is that a Claddagh ring on his hand?

Remember Joshua from friends? Tate Donovan, they were in a brief short-term relationship and allegedly exchanged Claddagh rings. They exchanged Claddagh rings to celebrate their first anniversary.

2. Sarah Michelle Gellar

buffy and angel giving her an Irish claddagh ring for her 17th birthday (1)

Ah, Buffy the vampire slayer! If you were born after the year 2000, you probably don’t know what I am talking about. the Claddagh ring made an appearance for “Buffy’s” 17th birthday and fans went crazy for it!

Angel gave Buffy the ring to celebrate their eternal love for each. Here is it on Amazon.

Here is the scene(oh the memories!)

3. John F Kennedy

Back when President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie visited Galway in 1963 they were presented with a pair of Claddagh rings to honour Kennedy’s Irish roots.

Fun fact: Ronald Reagan was also gifted with a Claddagh ring from the people of Galway in 1984.

One of my personal favourite teacups: 

4. Walt Disney

Walt disney wearing the Claddagh ring on his statue

The ring sits on his outstretched hand

There is actually a statue of Walt Disney, in Disney land wearing the ring.

Just shows you the sheer reach the Celtic symbol had.

He and Lillian bought the Claddagh rings for one another on a trip to Ireland and wore them every day(wow).

Here is a close up of Walt’s hand:

Walt Disney's outreached hand...wearing an Irish Claddagh ring!

Ironically the ring is upside down!

5. Kim Kardashian

We weren’t lying when we said the ring has been worn by a number of famous celebrities.

Kim Kardashian and Kayne were on holiday in Ireland back in 2014.

Kanye picked up an Irish Claddagh ring along the way to give to Kim as a keepsake of their time here.

While there has been no siting of her actually wearing it, we will be sure to update if there is.

It is believed the ring was a traditional silver version similar to this.

6. Jim Morrison

Rock God Jim Morrison famously exchanged Claddagh Rings with Patricia Kennealy in a Celtic wedding ceremony.

Jim wore a gold one and Patricia wearing a silver one.

Lovely silver claddagh ring

7. Julia Roberts 

Julia was spotted wearing the Claddagh ring in 1995 when she was in a brief romance with Daniel Day-Lewis.

Other celebrities who have been pictured wearing the Claddagh ring

Bill Clinton, Winston Churchill, Bing Crosby, Mia Farrow, Sienna Miller, John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara have all been pictured wearing Claddagh rings.

A number of Irish-American characters wear Claddagh rings in the 1998 movie “Monument Ave”.

Well, there you have it!

Only really authentic Claddagh rings can be purchased in Galway, Ireland but often people are not too concerned with this.

However, if you are ever in Galway, Ireland make sure you pick one of these historic Celtic symbols up for yourself.

Other symbols such as the Celtic Cross and the tree of life have also made their way into the present day.

Be sure to share this post if you have a Claddagh ring or pin the image below to your Pinterest board.

7 Famous Celebrities That Wear The Irish Claddagh Ring


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KEVIN Donovan

Sunday 5th of February 2023

WHEN you do get it (in Galway) Thomas Dillon's Jewlers Est. 1750 Original maker of the claddagh ring. ONLY.. THEY... can stamp (original) inside the BAND. To show it came from DILLION's 1 Quay st. Galway ,H91 cp22,Ireland.... HAVE a GRAND time LAD & lassies!!

terry doegan parson

Thursday 30th of December 2021

I have been wearing one (I have two) since 1980.

Irish Around The World

Friday 31st of December 2021

Wow, dedication!

Jarom Ellsworth

Monday 13th of December 2021

Catherine O'Hara wears one in the movie Home Alone. It’s at the very beginning when she is on the phone.

Irish Around The World

Thursday 16th of December 2021

Wow didn't know about that one! Well spotted

Janice Quinn

Sunday 26th of January 2020

My husband bought mine on our last trip together to Old Galway, 20002. I wear it daily in his memory.