ARAN ISLANDS & IRISH WOOL SWEATERSAran Islands are located near Galway, Ireland which is a main town on Ireland's west coast. There are three limestone islands consisting of very little soil: Inishmore (largest or Big Island), Inishmaan (middle island) and Inisheer (East Island). There is a fort on the Big Island which is 2,000 years old.
Many fishermen live on the islands. Quality knitwear is made and sold on the islands. Some sweaters have family patterns knitted in them. Examples of sweaters are Irish Fisherman Sweaters, and Clan Aran Sweaters. The sweaters can be cable knit or hand knit.
The lanolin from sheep keep the sweaters water repellent.
Enjoy an Irish Gallery visit to see the history of the Aran Islands and a beautiful sweater from this area.