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.
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At Aran we lovingly bring our famous heritage patterned knitwear to the world. It’s what our previous generations did, it’s what we do and we love it. We certify every genuine Aran we create for authenticity, quality and craftsmanship.
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We all need to care for our planet. Every Aran is always knit from 100% natural wool, resilient, renewable and degradable. At Aran we are inspired by our environment on the Wild Atlantic Coast of Ireland and continue to try hard to implement sustainable practices in everything we do.
Aran is knit using Aran stitches from lofty Aran yarn. 3 strands of spun wool are wound together to form the yarn, then knit using our traditional stitches to give Aran its unique quality, warmth and texture. Aran is built to give a lifetime of comfort.
Aran design and pattern gives our knitwear its distinctive and internationally famous look. Our traditional heritage stitches are inspired by celtic art and our island environment. Each stitch has a different meaning which reflects keys elements of our ancestors lives on Aran.
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.