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A Passion for Everything Irish

Colleen and Christopher Conway of  Southington, Connecticut share a passion for Ireland. The two met at a bookstore became fast friends are now husband and wife with a darling two year old son.

When you go to their home, it is everything Irish. Chris has been to the Emerald Isle at least ten times and took Colleen there for her first trip.

The idea to start the business which focuses on the ancient Gaelic alphabet, the first Irish language,  started when Chris returned to Ireland in 2009 to carry out his late Father’s wishes to “return home.”

Chris began to talk with the folks in Ireland on that trip about the alphabet and he realized how much excitement there was around the stick-like characters which he had studied. He thought why not? So the business called OghamArt.com was born in October of 2010. Colleen has memorized the way in which the alphabet is written off a long vertical line and she draws it for customers on special paper with ink. It is then transferred onto another kind of special paper, which Chris designed, and then is framed for customers.

The pair has also developed stationary this way and a line of jewelry taking care to use local Connecticut vendors to help them build their business centered on ancient Ireland. The passion that comes out of the mouths of this couple is unbelievable, they love what they’re doing.

The Conways listen to Irish music they belong to the Fairfield Gaelic Club, they live the culture, so who better to develop these products for those who are also Irish, or long to be.

They love to give gifts to help people learn about Ogham art.  If you’re at one of their exhibits at a fair or one of four stores where they are featured around Connecticut, Colleen will write your first or last name in the language on one of their postcard-sized business cards as she did for me.

This ancient Gaelic alphabet arguably dates back to about the 4th century A.D. Ogham is pronounced (Oh-em) The Conways liken the language to a Totem pole> We all know what totem poles are but how many of us can read them and understand what all the characters mean. Well, the Conways have done their homework and they understand exactly what this language is all about and they’re helping to keep ancient Irish heritage alive. Their tag line  written on their web site and business cards is “Your Presence Written In The Past,” perfect I think. Just imagine what their two year old son will be learning along the way.

 

4 Comments

  1. Posted March 19, 2011 at 12:53 am | Permalink

    Great piece on Chris and Colleen. They’ve both worked tirelessly to launch Oghamart.com and are truly 2 of the hardest working people you will find. It’s been great to watch their business grow. Ann picked a great business to highlight.

    • Ann Nyberg
      Posted March 19, 2011 at 12:54 am | Permalink

      Glen, thanks for reading and posting a comment, I heard all about you today too and what you’re doing!

      • Posted March 19, 2011 at 1:02 am | Permalink

        🙂 Give us a call and come by when your schedule allows, we’ll show you how we use this technology for not only Oghamart.com but for CPTV and the University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball Team 2010-2011 Yearbook.

  2. Helen
    Posted March 4, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    Very nice and timely story! Great pics too!