Whorls are among the top 5 most recognized Irish symbols along with such things as the Shamrock, Harps,Trinity Knots and Claddagh Symbols. Here is a picture and description of an item I put on eBay today as an Irish Symbol of Life.
Whorls These curving circles seem to go on endlessly, spiraling into themselves. For the Irish, the whorl or spiral is a powerful symbol of life everlasting. Each turn of the circle reveals the passage through birth, death, and spiritual rebirth. Within the curved lines of each circular pattern, milestones can be marked and honored.