McGuinness Coat of Arms Parchment

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About this Parchment

Beautifully arranged in this parchment and created by Edmond McGrath (RIP) in the 1970s and only rediscovered after 40 years in safe storage, we bring you a very special illustration that encompasses symbols of your Irish tribal heritage. The owner of this name is by definition a child of Ireland in culture and in blood!

On this A1 (23.4 x 33.1 inch) sized parchment, your special Irish Coat of Arms is deservedly embellished by all the many ancient Celtic inspirations of Irish artists, scholars and architects. At the centre you see the backdrop of the Kerry landscape with her scenic Killarney lakes, whilst other bordering elements are the craftsmanship of sculptors and builders who managed to create works of art with the most basic of tools. With this parchment you will see your family name as an integral part of the Irish story which will forever remain an integral part of Irish heritage.

This parchment can be an heirloom for many generations yet to come as your family thrive into the future making their own mark on history as your ancestors did. Your unique Irish family Coat of Arms is a wonderful creative reminder that your name has an Irish tribal identity with its origin, derivatives and impact on the culture of Ireland and worldwide. All of this written in Celtic calligraphy. The design inspiration is about Ireland’s story and how your family have made a mark on Ireland history. 

Features of Ireland illustrated include:

  • Book of Kells inspired artwork
  • St.Patrick
  • 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 McGuinness Coat Of Arms Story

Read the intriguing transcription of the text illustrated on the McGuinness parchment:

O'Reilly is one of the most frequently found names in Ireland although the greatest concentration of them remains in the area which they have historically been associated. In counties Cavan and adjoining Longford it is now the most numerous name in the county lists. For many centuries the O’Reillys- in Irish O’Raghailligh- descendant of Raghaillach - were the most powerful sept or clan in east Breffni. Their head was chief of Breffni - O’Reilly and their principal residence lay at Tullymongan hill on the outskirts of Cavan nearby Shantemon hill was their ancient inauguration place. The town of Cavan itself grew up around a Franciscan friary founded by Giolla Iosa Rua O’Reilly. All that remains of it today is the belfry tower. During the middle ages their influence extended as far as Meath and Westmeath. By 1878 O'Reilly landlords controlled over 30,000 ACRES. Many O'Reillys have distinguished themselves in the church. Five, including Edmund (1606-1669) and Hugh (1580-1653), were Archbishops of Armagh. Five more became Bishops of Kilmore, two of Clogher and one of Derry.  Many more have become soldiers fighting in Ireland's own troubles or in the service of the European powers. In James II's Irish army, for instance, in two regiments there were forty nine officers called Reilly or O'Reilly and of these many eventually went to Europe. Count Don Alexander O’Reily (d. 1797) Had a distinguished military career in France, Austria and Spain and finally became governor of Louisiana in the United States of America. Philip McHugh O'Reilly (d. 1657) played a large part in organising the 1641 uprising.  On a quieter front Edward O’Reilly was responsible for compiling an Irish-English dictionary in 1817.

You can choose from three options: 

 

Large A1 Print: We will send you a high quality print right to you and you can frame and display in your home.

Unlimited Print Download: An ideal option if you would like your extended family to have one for their own homes.

Unique Original Parchment: If you would like to be the proud holder of the one and only original parchment for this name created over 43 years ago, you can purchase this but note that there is only one available!



Note: the above imagery shows:

- Full view of one parchment as an example

- A cropped low resolution image of your specific name

Each parchment contains the unique family Coat of Arms and written history.

About Celtic Art

Celtic art is associated with the Celts who are the people that spoke the Celtic languages in Europe back from pre-history right through to the modern period. Celtic art is a difficult term to define, covering a huge expanse of time across geography and culture.  Celtic art is typically ornamental which characteristically does not have straight lines and is rich with symbolism.

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