O'Reilly 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''Reilly Irish surname. The O'Reilly 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'Reilly Coat Of Arms Story
Read the intriguing transcription of the text illustrated on the O'Reilly family history 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.
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!