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The Aran Sweater (Irish Gaelic: Geansaí Árann) is a style of sweater that takes its name from the Aran Islands off the west coast of Irelands. One of the most recognisable features of a tradition Aran is its intricate cable designs knitted into the sweater.
The Aran Islands
Wild, rugged and beautiful, the Aran Islands have captured the imagination of travellers, writers, prehistoric settlers, early christian monks pirates, farmers and fisherman alike! It is easy to see why ~ there is no feeling like standing on an island in the West of Ireland and gazing out into the Atlantic Ocean, sensing the salt on your cheeks and the wind on your face. A visit to the Aran Islands is a unique visitor experience.
Inismore (the big island) is home to the Dun Aengus hilltop fort, ranked as one of the most prehistoric sites in Europe. Must sees also include the Black Fort, the seven churches, Teampall Bennan, worm puffin holes and the seal colony. Traditional music sessions aboundand the Gaelic language is alive and well.
Inis Meain (the middle island) is the most tranquil of the Aran Islands and is truly a sanctuary from the modern world. Its limestone landscape is beloved by hikers and cyclists. The island’s church has a beautiful stained glass window created by Harry Clarke studios. ‘Give up Paris’ once yelled J.M. Synge. ‘Go to the Aran Islands…’
Inisheer (the small or eastern island) is arguably the most beautiful of the three islands and in early May to early June is alive with Mediterranean, Arctic and Alpine flowers. It is home to the only Arts Centre in the Gaeltacht – Aran Eanna. Added to this are the golden beaches, walking trails and splendid views of Connemara and the mainland.