The Fitzgerald clan was at one time one of the most powerful clans in Ireland, and arrived with the Anglo Norman conquest in the 12th century. The name means ‘son of,’ “Fitz”, Gerald. The family had two main divisions; in Leinster where they were Earls of Kildare and Dukes of Leinster, and in Munster where they were Earls of Desmond. In the 16th century Garrett Mór, 8th Earl of Kildare, was regarded as King of Ireland. The Fitzgerald clan has always been involved with politics, and in modern times Garrett Fitzgerald has three times been Taoiseach, Prime Minister, of Ireland. Fitzgerald is the 36th most numerous name in Ireland, and is most common in the southern province of Munster, particularly in Co. Limerick (find out more about the Fitzgerald family name history).
The hand knit Fitzgerald sweater has a moss-filled zig-zag centre stitch, flanked by cable, interlaced honeycomb, and moss-filled zig-zags on either side. The zig-zag stitch symbolises the ups and downs of marriage, the cable represents good luck and the honeycomb is symbolic work. 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.