Ó Conaill, ‘descendant of Conall’, comes from the personal name Conall, which most likely is derived from “Con”, meaning ‘hound’, and “gal”, meaning ‘valour’. The name was very popular, hence the surname arose in several distinct areas throughout the country – in provinces Connacht, Ulster and Munster. The Munster sept of the family was by far the most important, and was located in Kerry, Limerick and Cork. The name is now ranked as twenty fifth most numerous in Ireland, and is strongest in counties Cork and Kerry in the province of Munster (discover more about the history of the O'Connell name).
The hand knit O’ Connell sweater has a honeycomb central panel, flanked by alternating panels of blackberry and rope on either side. The honeycomb is representative of work, the blackberry symbolises the Holy Trinity, and the rope is a wish for good luck. This beautiful Aran sweater has been hand knitted in the traditional báinín (pronounced ‘baw neen’) colour, the natural white of the wool. It comes to you complete with a clan history and crest. It is made of 100% pure new wool, is water repellent and breathable. It has been hand crafted in the traditional Irish style, and, with care, will last a lifetime.
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