There are many traditional Irish products that are famous around the world. Irish sweaters, the tin whistle, the claddagh ring are all popular items that you may well find in your own home, but do you how they were made? Or what they symbolise?
Some of these traditional Irish items have fascinating histories that lead back to mythical tales and symbolic meanings from the time of the ancient Celts.
The Aran sweater was introduced to the world by the superstar Irish singing band, the Clancy Brothers.
According to the legend, the brothers had been sent the jumpers by their Mammy, who was worried they would get cold as they toured New York. But did you know that each stitch of the jumper has an ancient meaning?
The brilliant infographic below displaying various traditional Irish products, and also explaining the methods and meanings behind them, was produced by Paul Murphy. Paul is the Managing Director of Murphy of Ireland, a clothing store based in Donegal.
It specialises in traditional Irish clothing, particularly in Donegal tweed. The clothes that Murphy of Ireland sell, are the same as those worn by Irish people for generations.
Take a look at the infographic below and also visit the website, www.murphyofireland.com
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