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- Design: diagonal gold over St. Patrick’s blue with a black bull’s head on
the gold and a white Celtic cross on the blue
- Significance: gold for the High Kingship of Ireland – the land of the
Celtic Sun God Lugh – in the 5th century the twilight years of pagan Celtic
- black bull for High King Laoghaire Mac Niall the eponymous founder of Dún
Laoghaire in the fifth century AD – Laoghaire from the Irish for “calf-herder”
– the bull or tarbh was sacred to the Celts.
- blue – commonly called St Patrick’s blue, representing the Ancient Kingdom
of Ireland and the sea - representing the area’s rich maritime heritage.
- white Celtic Cross signifies the arrival of Christianity to Ireland during
the reign of High King Laoghaire with the mission of St. Patrick and the dawn
of Irish recorded history.
- Designer: local artist, Veronica Heywood from a historical concept by
Michael Merrigan (2003) for use by Dún Laoghaire Town Football Club, Dún
Laoghaire Community Association and other community organisations in Dún
Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland.
- Arms: the design is also used as the Arms of Dún Laoghaire Town Football
Club Limited – per bend or – a bull’s head caboshed sable; azure – a Celtic
- Flag: the “Dún Laoghaire Peoples’ Heritage Flag” was made by Dublin
Flagmakers – O’Regan of Pearse Street, Dublin and first flown in Holyhead,
north Wales during a soccer match between Dún Laoghaire Town Football Club and
Holyhead Hotspur in May 2004 and has been used since in community parades,
events and campaigns in Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland.
Hon. Secretary, Genealogical Society of
Ireland, 6 June 2005