McNamara Family Crest
Created by Edmond McGrath (RIP) in the 1970s, these Irish prints were rediscovered in 2020 after 40 years in safe storage. Beautifully arranged in this Irish coat of arms parchment is an artistic celebration of the McNamara Irish surname. The McNamara family crest is illustrated at the center and surrounded by famous Celtic symbols of Ireland. These illustrations are a wonderful dedication to Irish last names.
Imagine having this beautiful story of your name hanging on your living room wall for all to study over a glass of wine, or to take a glimpse at it when having your Barry's tea on the couch. There is so much to take in. This parchment is an heirloom for many generations yet to come. It's a wonderful reminder of your Irish heritage.
On your living room wall, you will always be reminded of your Irish origins and it will be a show stopper for visiting friends and family. Presenting a family coat of arms gift is a truly special gift for the home for someone special who has that unique Irish connection.
On this parchment, the Killarney lakes take center stage above the heraldic shield whilst many Irish Celtic symbols and famous monuments surround it.
Illustrated in this parchment are:
- Book of Kells inspired artwork
- The Cross of Cong
- The Ardagh Chalice
- Killarney Lakes
- The Irish Harp
- The Currachs of the West of Ireland
- Glendalough Monastery
- Blarney Castle
- Traditional thatched houses of Ireland
- Ahenny Cross
- Cross of Muiredach
- The Burgh O’Malley Chalice
- The crests of the four provinces of Ireland: Ulster, Connaught, Leinster, Munster
- The Tara Brooch
- The Celtic Torc
The McNamara Coat Of Arms Story
Read the intriguing transcription of the text illustrated on the McNamara family history parchment:
The name in Irish is McConmara, derived from 'cu' meaning hound, and 'na mara' of the sea. The old forename, Cumara, was the name of the ancestor who gave his name to the clan of McNamara. He was reputed to be twenty third in descent from Cormac Cas. The McNamaras have a distinguished history. They were second only to the O'Briens in their homeland of Co. Clare where they are still well represented. They held the hereditary office of Marshalls and the particular honour of inaugurating the Chief of the O'Briens. Their particular area was smal initially but by the end of the 11th century they were Lods of Clancullen. A large area of East Clare, and remained so until the 17th century. At some point the clan split into two branches. The chief of West Clancullen was known as McNamara Fyre (from 'fionn' fair) and the Chief of East Clancullen, McNamara reach (Riagach: swarthy or grizzled). There are many reference to them in the history of Clare. In 1402 they founded the Franciscan Abbey of Quin. From the 17th century onwards much of their land was lost in the struggle against Cromwell. One family, however, remained substantial landowners at Ennistymon until this century. In the 18th century a number of McNamara attracted lively reputations. Donough McNamara, otherwise known as Donnchadha Rua Mac Conmara, was educated as a priest but having been expelled, led a wild life as Gaelic poet. Another Clare man, Admiral James McNamara was tried for murder following a duel over a dog. Thomas 'Fireball' McNamara led a swashbuckling existence in France and eventually became a highwayman. Another famous representative of the name was Brinley McNamara, the playwright.
The Print Options For You:
Note: Free shipping for all options except A4.
Framed Print: White or black frame. Delivered framed to your home for you to hang on your wall. Two optional sizes for you. Choose from 18" x 24" or 24" x 36". We recommend the larger one as it is the original parchment size and easier to explore all of the intricate detail.
Print Only: Print rolled and shipped to your home. Two optional sizes for you. Choose from 18" x 24" or 24" x 36". We recommend the larger one as it is the original parchment size and easier to explore all of the intricate detail.
Unlimited Print Download: An ideal option if you would like your extended family to each have one. Use it digitally as your desktop wallpaper or print it for your living room. If you choose to order this, you will be sent the link to download the high quality PDF afterwards and start sharing with all the family!
A4: This consists of the family crest and the four shields of the provinces of Ireland. Available in print only, digital download, or white mount framed.
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