Donovan 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 Donovan Irish surname. The Donovan 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 Donovan Coat Of Arms Story
Read the intriguing transcription of the text illustrated on the Donovan family history parchment:
The Gaelic form of this surname is O’ Donnabhain which comes from two words- ‘Donn’ meaning brown and ‘dubhan’ meaning balck. The eldest branch of the family has one of the best documented pedigrees in Ireland, extending back unbroken to Gaelic times, when the sept was among the most distinguished of Semi-Royal blood. Originally from County Limerick, the Donovans were forced south west into Cork by the Anglo-Norman invasion in 1179, and it is here that the vast majority are found to this day, although a smaller group settled around Kilkenny, the descendants of whom still live in this area. After the Jacobite defeat in the seventeenth century, the leading Donovan families who, until then had extensive territories in County Cork, lost all their wealth and influence and fled to the continent, where they took military service in the Irish brigades. This role salted them well, as many were distinguished soldiers, and O’ Donovan’s Infantry had been one of the most prominent regiments in King James II’s Army. Not all were men of the sword, however; several donovans were eminent scholars. Not least was Dr. John O’ Donovan, a distinguished antiquarian and grammarian born in 1809, his son, Edmund, was both soldier and journalist. Jeremiah O’ Donovan achieved posthumous fame his funeral at Glasnevin cemetery in Dublin in 1915, was the largest ever witnessed there.
The Print Options For You:
Note: Free shipping for all options.
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!