O'Rafferty 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 O'Rafferty Irish surname. The O'Rafferty 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 O'Rafferty Coat Of Arms Story
Read the intriguing transcription of the text illustrated on the O'Rafferty family history parchment:
In Irish, the form O'Raithbheartaigh is now usual but the older form was O'Robhartaigh. O’Rafferty is rather rare in Ireland now. Unlike many of the ancient Gaelic names which have remained concentrated in their original homelands, it has become widely distributed although it is probably still more likely to be found in the north western counties. It was from Donegal and Sligo that the sept originated and they are particularly associated with Tory Island. This inaccessible island, seven miles from the mainland, is reputed to be the site of a monastery founded by St. Columba in the 6th century. O'Raffertys are known to have been co-arbs of St. Columbcille there. In Sligo, the sept was known as one of the ‘seven pillars of Skreen.’ One of their early representatives in public life is mentioned by the four Masters - the Abbot of Durrow in 1090. There is little further evidence of their activities in early records but the name appears frequently in the 19th century passenger lists of emigrants to the U.S.A. or Canada. This period was characterised in Ireland by emigration on a massive scale, following the act of union in 1880, industry in Ireland, already weak and vulnerable, was exposed to competition from English factories. As a result of the decline that followed, poverty and unemployment were rife, and many left to look for better things in the new world. An early traveller was William Rafferty from Garvagh, who sailed from Londonderry to New York on 23 November, 1811. T. Holden was master of the ship 'Westpoint,’ on which William sailed. On board the 'sea bird,’ which left Galway for Quebec in 1848, were thirteen Raffertys, including Mary Ann and John, both so, and many youngsters.
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!