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The Castlebar Coat of Arms
9, Jun 2015 - 13:41

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The Castlebar Coat of arms.

A reader submitted a query regarding the town Coat of Arms. The responses received on the nostalgia board are reproduced below. You can still contribute to the board on this topic.

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"Could someone provide me with the meaning and/or history behind the Coat of Arms for Castlebar?
I have researched, but am not finding anything online.
I'm American, but my family immigrated from Castlebar. I am doing research to share and I want to be thorough.

Thanks,
Nate Rowlan"

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Re: Explanation of Castlebar Coat of Arms
Posted by Brían Hoban on June 07, 2015 at 21:32:55:

In Reply to: Explanation of Castlebar Coat of Arms posted by Mod on June 07, 2015 at 12:50:09:

here are five elements on the
Coat of Arms of Castlebar

1 The name of the town is commemorated by the introduction of the Castle of the Barrys.

2 Two Yew Trees are depicted because Castlebar is the Capital of Mayo,which is the Anglicised form of Maigh-Eo i.e. Plain of the Yew Trees.

3 The Parish of Castlebar is officially known as the Parish of Aglish, which means the Parish of the Church and the reproduction of Crosses in the Coat of Arms is an heraldic device to refer to the Church.

4 In the Battle of 1798, the weapon used by the Irish participants was the Pike, and two crossed Pikes are introduced to commemorate this victory over the Red Coats.

5 The motto of the Town is " Ar Aghaidh " - Forward.

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Re: Explanation of Castlebar Coat of Arms
Posted by Noel on June 08, 2015 at 13:58:25:

In Reply to: Explanation of Castlebar Coat of Arms posted by Mod on June 07, 2015 at 12:50:09:

The first flying of Castlebar's coat of arms took place at a public event on 30 August 1953. The country's Assistant Chief Herald Gerard Slevin informed the Urban District Council earlier that year that despite being the county town and the fourth largest in the province, the Genealogical Office in Dublin had no record of a coat of arms for Castlebar. The UDC agreed that in preparation for the Irish culture festival An Tóstal, the town should design a shield that would be displayed with those of other leading towns during the festival highlight in the capital in 1953.

The symbolism is as Brían Hoban explained. The town motto is a gaelicisation of the French motto of the Barry family, Boutez-en-Avant.


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Re: Explanation of Castlebar Coat of Arms
Posted by Good Fellow on June 08, 2015 at 12:39:12:

In Reply to: Explanation of Castlebar Coat of Arms posted by Mod on June 07, 2015 at 12:50:09:

The late solicitor Mr. Michael J. Egan
Church Street, designed same for
Castlebar Town Council. His daughter Eayna Egan carries on the practise. She may be able to help you.

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Re: Explanation of Castlebar Coat of Arms
Posted by Local on June 08, 2015 at 14:58:08:

In Reply to: Re: Explanation of Castlebar Coat of Arms posted by Good Fellow on June 08, 2015 at 12:39:12:

I don't think he did. He designed the Mayo County Coat of Arms but I'm not sure about Castlebar.


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Re: Explanation of Castlebar Coat of Arms
Posted by J Cato on June 08, 2015 at 09:00:32:

In Reply to: Explanation of Castlebar Coat of Arms posted by Mod on June 07, 2015 at 12:50:09:

Well done Brian, nice one.
How many Castlebar folks would have got all the elements to the town crest.
He knows you know.

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Re: Explanation of Castlebar Coat of Arms
Posted by Alan King on June 08, 2015 at 15:02:40:

In Reply to: Re: Explanation of Castlebar Coat of Arms posted by Brían Hoban on June 07, 2015 at 21:32:55:

In 1953, the formal ratification of the Arms by the Chief Herald cost thirteen pounds which was paid by the UDC with help from Castlebar Community Development Association. Also, a town with a Coat of Arms is entitled to a Town Flag which is a retangular version of the design on the shield which bears the arms.

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Re: Explanation of Castlebar Coat of Arms
Posted by Butch on June 08, 2015 at 08:40:21:

In Reply to: Re: Explanation of Castlebar Coat of Arms posted by Brían Hoban on June 07, 2015 at 21:32:55:

A cara, moons ago 'joxer' explained the shield to me .But my memory tells me he used the word 'Barony' might that word be an older version of the word 'Parish'??

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Re: Explanation of Castlebar Coat of Arms
Posted by Good Fellow on June 09, 2015 at 12:54:19:

In Reply to: Re: Explanation of Castlebar Coat of Arms posted by Butch on June 08, 2015 at 08:40:21:

Michael Baynes has provided flags
in the past while trading from his shop in Main Street.He now works
for the Castlebar Chamber of Commerce c/o the Town Hall,
Linenhall Street,Castlebar.

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Re: Explanation of Castlebar Coat of Arms
Posted by Ó Rothláin on June 08, 2015 at 16:23:35:

In Reply to: Explanation of Castlebar Coat of Arms posted by Mod on June 07, 2015 at 12:50:09:

Thanks to everyone for posting. I am the person who originally submitted the question. If there are any more details about the colors used that would be great.
Also, are there any photos of this as a flag (someone mentioned flag use)?

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