Our Company

Thomas Dillon’s was established in 1750 and we are the only Jewellers that have the right to have “ORIGINAL” stamped on our claddagh rings. No other jeweller has this stamp as we are the original manufacturers of the rings.

Our rings are made in 9ct, 14ct and 18ct yellow gold and we do carry rings with diamonds only set in 18ct. Our list of clients down the year’s includes royalty from Europe and music and film stars.

Some of the more famous clients at Claddagh Ring include:

  • John Wayne
  • Bing Crosby
  • Walt Disney
  • Princess Grace Kelly
  • Prince Rainear of Monaco
  • Gabriel Byrne
  • Mia Farrow
  • Barry Fitzgerald
  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • Director John Huston
  • Athlete Sonia O’Sullivan
  • Queen Victoria
  • George Kellogg
  • King George V
  • King Edward
  • Lady Dudley
  • Queen Alexandria
  • Actress Maureen O’Hara
  • Winston Churchill

The museum at Thomas Dillon’s Claddagh Gold, has been described as “the smallest museum in Europe with the biggest gift shop”. It proudly houses some of the very first claddagh rings made in 1700 -1800, by Goldsmiths Nicholas Burge, Richard Joyce and George Robinson. It also displays the “worlds smallest claddagh ring” which is on the top of a tailor’s pin. Other exhibits include examples of rings at various stages of production, from wax blanks to the finished product and a selection of tools used during the process.

Thomas Dillon’s at no.1 Quay Street also presents to the public, at no charge, a beautiful collection of photos from the owner’s private collection of Old Galway. Artefacts of the city’s past include stone axe heads from the stone age and relics from the penal times when the Irish were forbidden to celebrate their religion. Memorabilia from the famine displays the struggle of the Galway people, and their resilience in the years that followed. It portrays a city that grew and succeeded in the end, becoming the thriving, welcoming city that it now is. Galway is now a lively, exciting and prosperous city. Its modern efficiency blends well with its air of historical importance and it is a model of how past and present, Irish and Anglo-Irish, culture and industry, scholarship and technology, may be combined in one vibrant living space.

The Original Claddagh Ring is appropriately on sale in Thomas Dillon’s Claddagh Gold, as it is one of the town’s symbols for its capacity for resurrection.