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Thursday, March 17, 2005

Clan O'Brien Tartan - one of them.

Clan O'Brien - From the book 'World Tartans' by Iain Zaczek:


The O'Briens are one of the Great Dynastic families of Irish history. They take their name from Brian Boru (941-1014), the greatest of the high kings. After successes at Limerick and Cashel, he went on to achieve a decisive victory over the Vikings at the battle of Clontart (1014), although he lost his life in the process. The O'Brien heartlands were in Thomond (North Munster), and they became earls of Thomond and Inchiquin. They were famed as soldiers, a calling that Murrough O'Brien (1614-1674) practised so enthusiastically that he became known as Murrough of the Burnings. The tartan is comparatively modern, owing its design to an Australian, Edward John O'Brien.

Besides O'Brien (and all variations), the following descendents of the O'Brien line are authorized to wear the O'Brien tartan:
Bernard, Bryan, Bryant, MacConsidine, O'Crotty, MacFadden, Lysaght, MacMahon, O'Mahony, Padden, Plunkett.

Remember: This is not the Official Clan O'Brien tartan. This is an O'Brien family tartan that is registered and authorized for wear by all O'Briens and descendents.

Source: Edward John O'Brien of Australia
Thread Count: G12, R6, G24, A6, G4, A6, G12, Y4, G6, Y4, G12, RT26

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