Ó Néill comes from the personal name Niall, which possibly means ‘passionate’ or ‘vehement’. The O’ Neills were the leading family of the Cineál Eoghan tribal grouping, who ruled the ancient territory of Tír Eoghan, which comprises the modern Co. Tyrone as well as parts of Derry and Donegal. The name today ranks as tenth most numerous in Ireland, and remains strongest in the province of Ulster.
The hand knit O’ Neill sweater has an unusual trellis and cable centre panel, flanked by cable, rope and moss stitches on either side. The trellis represents the stone walled fields of the Aran Islands, the cable is symbolic of good luck, and the moss symbolises nature. 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.