O’Rourke History – Sewn into our Existence

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In maintaining the tradition of Irish clans adopting the Aran sweater as a symbol of their heritage, the O’Rourke Clan Aran Sweater is registered along with 500 Clan Aran patterns at the Aran Sweater Market (an Irish company, producing authentic hand knit Aran knitwear) on Inis Mor, Aran Islands, Ireland.

Our clan holds one of the most elaborate and vastly symbolic patterns of clan heritage & the O’Rourke Clan Aran Sweater is viewed as a treasured and revered gift among O’Rourke families.

Symbols of O’Rourke Clan heritage:

  • Lobster Claw Stitch -

The lobster claw stitch (the central panel of the garment) is representative of the strong influence that the O’Rourke name has had through all facets of life in Ireland and of the positive impact that we O’Rourke’s have made both in Ireland and across the world.

  • Honeycomb Stitch -

The honeycomb stitch (which flanks the central panel and edge of the sweater) symbolises the status that the O’Rourke name has earned itself throughout Irish history as being steadfast and tenacious and not found wanting when courage was called for. It is also representative of the integrity and merit of the O’Rourke Clan’s custom of remaining irrepressibly dedicated to the family and the clan, ideals that we can proudly carry with us through life.

  • Moss Stitch -

The moss stitching (sandwiched between two honeycomb stitch flanks) is illustrative of how the O’Rourke Clan was regarded as being forever hospitable in ancient times to those who display their loyalty and reminds us to keep alive the principles and values of our clan ancestors.

The Clan Aran itself is hand knitted in the traditional báinín (pronounced ‘baw neen’) colour and this maintains the natural white of the wool. O’Rourke Clan Aran Sweater is made of 100% pure new wool, is water repellent and fully breathable. It has been hand crafted in the traditional Irish style, and, with care, will last a lifetime. It is significant that the patterns of the O’Rourke Clan Aran sweater are embodied within the clan motto of “I Govern by Serving” and we are proud to be connected with this authentic Irish craftwork.

In association with ClanArans.com (an Irish company, based on the Aran Islands, which provides genuine Irish sweaters produced by skilled Aran knitters), our on-going promotional discount of USD$50 is exclusive to the O’Rourke Clan. Due to the length of time involved in producing each hand knit Aran sweater, there are now just 27 of these exclusive items available.

With a retail price of USD$230.00, O’Rourke Clan members can avail of the special price of USD$180.00 for this genuine piece of O’Rourke heritage but be quick as a limited number are remaining.

Purchase O’Rourke Clan Aran Sweater with USD$50.00 discount


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