O'Rourke 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'Rourke Irish surname. The O'Rourke 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'Rourke Coat Of Arms Story
Read the intriguing transcription of the text illustrated on the O'Rourke family history parchment:
As Lords of Breffny, The O'Rourkes were one of the great ruling families in mediaeval times. Their territory varied in area from time to time but at its greatest their authority extended from Kells to Co. Meath to Sligo in the west. Before the Norman invasion several kings of Connaught emerged from their ranks. One of the most renowned princes of Breffny was Tiernan O’Rourke who was killed in battle in 1172 after being involved in many stirring adventures following the abduction of his wife Dervorgilla by Dermont McMorrogh . From the 17th century onwards many of the most enterprising and talented members like Colonel Count John O'Rourke emigrated to Europe and became valued military leaders or distinguished themselves in the service of influential families. In 1700 Joseph John O'Rourke, a prince in the Russian aristocracy, was Genral-in-Chief of the Russian empire and two count Owen O'Rourkes served the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria from 1750 to 1780. In the world of letters, Father Manus O'Rourke (1660-1741) spent his life in France, writing prodigiously in the Irish language. Edmund O'Rourke (1814-1879), under the pseudonym of Falconer, was a famous dramatist and actor-manager of his day. Despite the decline in numbers caused by emigration, the name remains one of the hundred most numerous in Ireland. Even now, the greatest concentration of O’Rourkes is to be found in the counties of Cavan and Leitrim and surrounding areas which originally formed the ancient kingdom of Breffny.
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!