Your Irish Family Coat Of Arms
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 McSweeney Irish surname. The McSweeney Irish 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 McSweeney Coat Of Arms Story
Read the intriguing transcription of the text illustrated on the McSweeney parchment:
The name in Irish is Mac Suibhne and the ancestor from whom the name is taken was Suibhne O'Neill a Chieftain in Argle, Scotland. It is not until 1267 that they occur in the 'Annals of Connaught' with the recording of the death of Murrough McSweeney, grandson of Suidhne. By the fourteenth century they had established themselves as these great septs or clans in Tirconnell, Donegal. These were McSweeney Fahad, McSweeney Banagn and McSweeney na dTuath. Na dTuath literally means 'of the disctricts' but the latter group were commonly known as McSweeney of the Battleaxes. Murrough McSweeney was the first of the renowned McSweeney gallowglasses whose standard weapon was the great scandinavian axe. This word 'galloglaigh', meaning foreign soldiers, is used to describe the mercenary troops who were imported at the time, frequently from Scotland, to provide the permanent fighting forces maintained by powerful Irish chiefs. Often from the hebrides and of mixed Gaelic and Norse descent, their fighting skills made them the backbone of every Irish Army from the thirteenth to the sixteenth century. In 1500 a branch of the McSweeney Fahad migrated to Munster where they followed their occupation under the McCathys in Muskerry. The name is in fact more frequently found in Cork and Kerry than it is in Ulster. Predictably, many McSweeney figured in Irish military history, not least in the times when many of them had to seek service with continental forces. When James II's Army was fighting in Irelan there were eleven called McSweeney with Nim.
Four Options For You:
Print: Print shipped to your home.
Framed Print: Framed print shipped to your home
Unlimited Print Download: An ideal option if you would like your extended family to each have one.
Unique Original Parchment: If you would like to be the proud holder of the one and only original parchment for this name, you can purchase this pending availability.