Phelan 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 Phelan Irish surname. The Phelan 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 Phelan Coat Of Arms Story
Read the intriguing transcription of the text illustrated on the Phelan family history parchment:
Both Phelan and Whelan are Anglicised forms of the same Gaelic surname O Faolain. This too has variations including O Faoileain and O Haolain. The ancestors of the present holders of the name were an important sept in the southeast of Ireland. Their chiefs were princes of the Decies before the Anglo-Norman invasion of the 12th century. There has been a much more recent self-styled ‘O’Phelan, prince of the Decies’ but his claims are considered spurious by the genealogical office. Another branch was established in the southwest part of Kilkenny. It is hardly surprising that the greatest concentration of the name in modern times, apart from in Dublin itself, is also in the southeast of Ireland, with a preponderance of Phelans in counties of Waterford and Kilkenny, and Whelans in Wexford and Carlow. A John Phelan was Bishop of Ossory at the time of James II. More recently Edward Joseph Phelan was director-general of the International Labour Office of Co. Waterford and Frederick Ross Phelan a distinguished Canadian soldiers. Phelans were well represented, no doubt, in the mass emigration of the 19th century, poverty and unemployment were so bad that thousands of men and women left in the hope of a better life in the United States of America. Just a glance at some of the passenger lists of the time reveal William and Patrick Phelan sailing on the ‘Belisarius’ from Dublin to New York on 6th July, 1811. Margaret Phelan aboard the ‘Huntress’ arrived at New York on 24th June in the same year, and Thomas Phelan of Kilkenny sailed on the ‘Shamrock’ that same summer. James Phelan (1824-1892) was one of the early pioneers of the west. His son James Duval Phelan (1861-1930) became a senator and mayor of San Francisco.
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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