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  • Whelan Clan Sweater
  • Whelan Clan Sweater
  • Whelan Clan Sweater

Whelan Clan Sweater


Ó Faoláin comes from the Gaelic word “faol” meaning ‘wolf’. The clan came originally from the ancient kingdom of Decies, part of the modern Co. Waterford, and they ruled that part of the country up until the Norman invasion. The name is among the 100 most numerous names in Ireland, and is most common in counties Kilkenny, Cork, Wexford and Carlow.

The hand knit Whelan sweater has a link centre stitch, flanked by moss filled zig-zags and link stitches on either side. The link stitch represents the unbroken chain between the Irish who have emigrated and those who remain at home, and the zig-zags symbolise the ups and downs of marriage. 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.


Authentic Aran 100% Wool Made in Ireland

Size Guide

Please remember, wool is a natural fibre and has a strong element of flexibility. If your garment feels slightly small at first, give it a gentle stretch which will loosen the fibres in a way that will not damage the garment or cause it to lose its shape.

Where a specific size is available for a garment: To calculate the size sweater you require simply measure across the chest of your favourite sweater in inches and double that value.

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