McKenna Family Crest
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
- 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 McKenna Coat Of Arms Story
Read the intriguing transcription of the text illustrated on the McKenna family history parchment:
During the many hard and difficult years for the Irish people in the 18th and 19th centuries many Irish family names sadly lost their distinctively Gaelic prefixes- ‘Mac’ and ‘O.’ This is not true of the McKennas who fortunately managed to keep their name intact although strangely enough down in the South West, and in Kerry in particular, the form Kenna was often used in speech, and this led to the recordings of different variants in the birth registers, such as Binnaw, Kennagh, and even the unusual Gna. These forms evolved because people in Kerry tended to stress the final ‘A’. Looking back into the past, we can see that these people did not originate from Munster but came from further North, from the Rolling, open Country of Southern Ulster. They are a branch of the historic Ul Neill, but their territory and homeland is around Truagh although the old legends claim they come originally from Meath. Today this is the Barony of Trough in the Northern part of County Monaghan. We bear little of the McKennas during the Middle Ages where, as Lords of Truagh, they must have quietly and peacefully watched the centuries slip by. Later generations have made more of a name for themselves particularly in the fields of literature and philosophical debate. Probably the most well-known member of this family today is the striking and graceful Siobhan McKenna, the international actress, but over the years other figures have helped to distinguish the family name. One of the earlier members of this fine literary tradition was the harpist and Gaelic poet, Niall McKenna, who is thought to have been born a around 1710.
The Print Options For You:
Note: Free shipping for all options except A4.
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!
A4: This consists of the family crest and the four shields of the provinces of Ireland. Available in print only, digital download, or white mount framed.
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