Connecticut woman breathes new life into old language through artwork


One woman in Connecticut uses the oldest Gaelic language all year long.

Colleen Berry-Conway of Southington is the co-owner and primary artist for Ogham Art, an online-based store that creates artwork of your present, written in the past.

“I create a line of gifts using an ancient alphabet called Ogham. It was used during the 2nd and 6th centuries, primarily,” she explained.

Ogham is known as the first written documentation of any Gaelic language and the first written form of Irish.

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“There’s some mystery as to why the Celts used an alphabet that everyone else wasn’t using. The main theory is that they wanted a cryptic alphabet that Roman-Britain couldn’t read,” Berry-Conway said.

She added that her jewelry is her most popular item.

“We’re called Oghamists. We actually have a name,” Berry-Conway stated.

She also said that no matter what the order is, each piece of art comes with a whole lot of Irish heart.

“The primary goal is to increase an appreciation of Irish history. It’s the history behind what I sell that is most important,” she explained.

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