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Posted by Hearld or Press on December 06, 2004 at 10:46:10:
In Reply to: Re: castlebar crest/colours/flag posted by Curious on December 04, 2004 at 10:20:51:
Well I guess the crossed pikes in the top left corner represent the 1798 battle of the French with the British forces in Castlebar.
Pikes are big long poles with a spikey/hooked/axe like head - handy for all sorts of battle functions but cr8P against a musket ;-)
The castle - well hey - 'Castle'bar - Barry's Castle - Caislean an Bharraigh - The CASTLE of BARry.
The crosses usually refer to dioscean or parish details - dunno if there is (or was) five parishes within the Castlebar area (Breaghwy is not a parish !!!).
The two trees look like Yew trees which would would mirror the Yew trees on the Mayo county crest - Maigh Eo - The Plain of the Yew - apparently we were covered in Yew trees once ?
I guess the green and red colouring also refers back to the county crest colours of predominantly green and red too - Castlebar being the county capital or county town you can see why this might be the case.
As for the white criss cross white lines on a red background - I believe that such a crest would refer to a Fitzgerald clan crest but I don't think they have any link to Castlebar ??? Anyway the white on red criss cross is a fairly common motif, it could be St. Patricks breastplate or something like that.
The text at the bottom in Irish Gaelic is 'Ar Aghaidh' - pronunced Air Eye Ah - but for the life of me I cannot remember what that translates into (I can hear the far off whirring of me Irish teacher in the grave) . . . any takers ?