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By Tom Dempsey,Ethan Roe,Scott Carroll
and Cameron Moylan.

Map of Connacht
•Connacht consists of 5

Connacht Provincial Crest
•The flag is a heraldic banner of the
arms of connacht,the arms found as
such on a map of galway dated 1651
•The origin of the two elements displayed on
the arms and flag of connacht is obscure,but it
is likely that the arm and sword derive from the
arms of the O’connors

•The O’Connors were the ruling family in the
province before the Norman invasion
•The black eagle derives from the arms of the
Browns,one of the “tribes” of Galway city.
•If the derivation is correct,the flag would be a
symbol of the 17th century unity of gaels and
old English.

•The Connacht crest is used in
the Gaa,Rugby,Handball,and Squash
team crests.


County Galway

County Galway has a different flag to Galway City.

County Galway’s crest depicts a Galway Hooker, which is a traditional fishing boat.

The motto to go along with County Galway’s flag is “Ceart agus Cóir” meaning
“Righteousness and Justice” .

The signifigance of the motto being in Irish is most likely due to the huge use of the
irish language and that there is nearly 50,0000 people living in the gaeltacht.

This crest is used by the Galway Gaelic Football team.

County Galway

Galway City

Galway City’s crest although seemingly similar to County Galway, the main
difference being the large Lion feature displayed on the Hookers mast.

This lion most likely comes from either the Ffont tribe or the Morris tribe who were
both amongst Galways famed “14 tribes”

The Galway city motto is “Laudatio Ejus Manet In Secula Seculorum” meaning "His
Praise Remains unto Ages of Ages" This displays the strong religious history as the
motto is not only referring to God but also written in Latin which was the language
the bible was originally in.

This crest is used by the Galway Hurling team

Galway City


Flag divided vertically green and red, with shield in the centre.
The county flag bears the official crest.
•The official Mayo shield consists of nine trees,a Patriarchal
Cross and three Passion Crosses, with a ship and waves.
•The word Maigh Eo (Mayo) means "the plain of the yews", and
the nine yew trees express that fact, with one for each barony of
the county.

•The Patriarchal Cross (a cross with two bars) symbolises the Catholic Archdiocese of
Tuam and the three Passion Crosses represent the other three Catholic dioceses in
Mayo, i.e. Achonry, Killala, and Galway-Kilmacduagh-Kilfenora.
•Mayo is a maritime county and that fact is represented by the ship and waves. The
colour scheme of the crest incorporates the Mayo Gaelic Athletic Association (G.A.A.)
colours, green and red.

•The motto "Dia is Muire Linn" translates as "God and Mary be with us". The rose
represents the gold rose presented to Knock Shrine by Pope John Paul 11 during his visit
in 1979.


Sligo crest
• The ruined tower on the left of the crest represents Sligo abbey

• The tree symbolises the dense woodland that once covered the site of the
• The hare in flight is a natural concomitant of brushwood abounding with
game and wildlife.

• The oyster shells emphasise the fact that the "Slilgeach" river is so named

Sligo crest
• Sligo has 2 different crests for both sligo county and sligo town

• Sligo town crest first designed in 1952
• They wanted to make a heraldically correct form of the traditional
Arms of Sligo

• The Blazon, or description, of the resulting emblem, is as

• Per Pale Vert and azure, on the dester a ruined square tower, on the
sinister an oak-tree eradicated, both proper, on a point or a hare
courant, attached to the hind foot thereof an escallop, all of the third,
in centre chief an escallop argent.

Different crests
Sligo county crest:

Sligo town