Sweeney 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 Sweeney Irish surname. The Sweeney 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 Sweeney Coat Of Arms Story
Read the intriguing transcription of the text illustrated on the Sweeney family history 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 a recording of the death of Murrough McSweeney, grandson of Suibhne. By the fourteenth century they had established themselves as three great septs or clans in Tirconnell, Donegal. These wer McSweeney Fanad, McSweeney Banagh and McSweeney na Dtuath. Na Dtuath literally means ‘of the districts’ 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, frequenty from Scotland, to provide the permanent figh ting forces maintained by powerful Irish chiefs. Often from the Hebrides and a 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 Fanad migrated to Munster were they followed their occupation under the McCarthys and established their own land and castles in Muskerry. The name is in fact more frequently found in Cork and Kerry than it is in Ulster. Predictably, many McSweeneys 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 the Ireland there were eleven called McSweeney with him. The prefix ‘Mac’ disappeared in the period of Gaelic suppression and, unlike other names, has not generally been revived.
The Print Options For You:
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".
Print Only: Print rolled and shipped to your home. Two optional sizes for you. Choose from 18" x 24" or 24" x 36".
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. And the family history story.
Frequently Asked Questions About Our Irish Prints
I purchased a digital download but I didn't receive anything
Once you purchase it, we will email you the high resolution print file within the day. We advise that you use thicker paper or parchment paper to get the best quality results.
Do you sell heraldic shields?
Yes we do. Check out our full range of shields for families here. You can also contact us with any queries and Aidan will be happy to advise you.
My family name is not in your collection. Can you make one for me?
Currently, we have 180 most common Irish names in stock. We do plan to expand our range so please let us know what name you would like.
I have a bit of history of my maternal Irish family and the coat of arms crest will enhance it. I am placing it in a float frame and will proudly display it on the wall. It arrived in perfect shape and I am pleased with the quality and the entire process of ordering. When I need something Irish, I will go to your website again. Thank you Aidan, and I wish you success in your business!
My Mother couldn’t have been more happy with her gift! Aidan was incredible through the whole process. His communication was excellent and I will definitely be using Gifts of Ireland again. Thank you so much Aidan
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I bought the Donnelly family print as a birthday gift for my father in law and to say he was delighted is an understatement- he has a great love of history and to have an art piece of his own family history made him very proud. The delivery was so fast and the quality of the print and paper is top notch-If I could give 10 stars I would- Thank you!
Great quality, excellent customer service! Made a great gift!