Luckily, King William III in 1698 got wind of the British and Irish captives in Algeria and demanded their release. This is when Joyce returned to his beloved hometown and met his sweetheart. He married her shortly after with a Claddagh ring, creating a tradition that lives on to this day.
Show you are in a relationship, by wearing your Claddagh ring with the heart facing towards you. If there is room in your life for another, wear the heart facing away.