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.