About Araltas

ARALTAS.COM is the commercial division of Eddie Geoghegan's Coats of Arms from Ireland and around the World website. It was set up in 1999 to enable those interested in coats of arms based products to obtain these from an independent, reliable and authentic source. Eddie has been an enthusiastic heraldic researcher for two decades. Regardless of the products offered on this site, all the coats of arms graphics used to create them, are ultimately researched and created by him personally. This is in stark contrast to the products offered by most heraldic websites or mail order companies, whose reference material comes from a CD supplied by one of several commercial heraldic organisations. Eddie's email address is eddie@araltas.com. Eddie currently works full time in the family business. He is also the webmaster / designer for this site and several others, including the (Mac)Geoghegan Clan.

Doug Cowan, owner and operator of Northwest Creations, is a retired Boeing engineer, based near Seattle, who has turned his hobby of etching glass and other hard materials into a home based business. While most such products are hand etched, Doug has developed a method which allows him to create a mask from existing graphics which means that the etched result is not only of high definition, but also a faithful reproduction of the original. When you order an etched product, the black and white graphic is first created by Eddie then turned into a mask by Doug. Using fine iron oxide, Doug then blasts the image onto your chosen piece. Doug's email address is nwc@araltas.com

Achill Knitwear is the online storefront of Kieran Sweeney's long established traditional Irish knitwear and Aran sweater store at Achill Sound, on Achill Island in Co. Mayo in the west of Ireland. Thomas Staunton, his grandfather, established a Drapery and Footwear shop in Achill Sound, Co. Mayo, in the early 1930s. Kieran expanded the knitwear and crafts ranges in the store to include a wide range of knitwear, clothing, jewelry, crystal and crafts from Achill Island. Kieran as runs another business. Achill Signs provides signage, plaques, decals and other forms of graphics, lettering and printed materials. It was through his interest in plaques that Kieran made contact with Eddie with a view to expanding his capability into the area of heraldry. You can see the results on our plaques page (under "Products"). Kieran's eMail address is kieran@araltas.com