Meet Our Craftsmen

Jim and Tom hand crafting traditional urnsOur journey into Irish Heritage Urns started on reflection of our own personal history of emigration. Though now living in Tipperary, brothers Jim and Tom Kinnane were both born in London to Irish parents who left Ireland in the 1960’s. Further back in their lineage, their maternal grandmother was born in New York to her Irish parents who had left an Ireland that offered little or no opportunities. The brothers have spent many years connecting with family and friends abroad who still hold the links with Ireland dear.

The inspiration for this family business came in memory of those Irish and subsequent generations who remained abroad, unable for so many reasons to return to Ireland, and who died away from their ancestral homes in Ireland.

We wanted to offer an Irish resting place for those lost generations, a place which represented a piece of Ireland to carry or bury our loved ones’ remains in. Our Urns are made by Irish hands in Ireland, using only native Irish timber, Irish Aran knit and Irish woven Tweed. Our aim is to surround your loved one in the essence of their homeland, Eire.

Hand Crafted Urns Rich in Heritage

Selecting the right Urn to hold the ashes of your loved one is important. Our craftsmen, Jim and Tom Kinnane, utilize the best design features found in Irish heritage and subtly combine them with new ideas to produce contemporary but traditional Urns. Variation in each Urn, such as grain, is part of the creative process and adds to the uniqueness of your chosen Urn.

Each Urn is crafted from native Irish wood in your choice of Irish Oak, Irish Beech, Irish Ash, Irish Sycamore or Irish Yew. All of our timber is native to Ireland and is sourced in forests and woodlands in the Irish countryside. Where possible, Jim and Tom oversee the harvesting of the timber used to craft our urns. See Jim and Tom harvesting timber in managed woodlands in Co. Tipperary:

Featuring Ancient Irish Bog Oak

Very special to Irish Heritage Urns is the inclusion of ancient Irish Bog Oak. At the end of the last Glaciation almost 10,000 years ago, Ireland was covered by shallow lakes left behind by the melting ice. Over time these shallow lakes gradually filled with peat, which is the soil made up of the partially decomposed remains of dead plants.

Oak and Yew trees grew around the edges of the bogs and were drowned as the bogs expanded out of their basins on to the surrounding mineral soil. The lack of oxygen in the waterlogged peat prevented the natural process of decay and ensured the tree stumps were preserved in the accumulating peat.

The three main types of wood found preserved in bogs today are Scots Pine, Oak and Yew. They are dated 4,000 to 7,000 years old.

With the advent of turf production and land drainage these ancient bogwoods have been found. We gather bog oak from the peat lands of Ireland and take them back to our workshop where they go through a slow process of drying. It is from these beautiful trees that adorned our Irish landscape 6,000 years ago that we carefully craft our bog oak splines which interlock the miter joints of all our urns from the Joyce Collection together.