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Flags of county councils

Dublin County Council (former flag):

[Dublin County Council] by Mario Fabretto

Kildare County Council:

[Kildare County Council] by Mario Fabretto

See also: Kildare city flag

Laois County Council:

[Laois County Council] by Mario Fabretto

Wicklow County Council:

[Wicklow County Council] by Mario Fabretto

Limerick County Council:

[Limerick City Council] by Mario Fabretto

Donegal County Council:

[Donegal County Council] by Mario Fabretto

Some of the counties also have flags. I know the ones for Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Wicklow, Limerick and Donegal. Source: Séamas Ó Brógáin: "County Flags".

Mario Fabretto, 21 August 1996

The flags which Mario sent are all flags of county councils - the elected bodies which are responsible for local administration. They are flown at council offices but they do not represent the counties and are not used by the general population.

Dublin County Council was abolished and replaced by three new county councils (Fingal, South Dublin and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown) on 1 January 1994.

I don't know what flag (if any) Kildare County Council currently uses, but I doubt very much if the one sent by Mario is still in use because the council's present arms differ considerably from those which appear on the flag.

Vincent Morley, 1 November 1997

Fingal County Council:

[Fingal County Council] by Vincent Morley

Dublin County Council was abolished on 1 January 1994 and replaced by three new county councils. One of these is Fingal County Council. The new council has adopted as its flag a vertical bicolour of dark green and white - colours which appear to have been taken from the council's arms and which, as far as I know, had no previous association with the area.

The arms are centred in the white stripe and show a Viking longboat and a raven (another Norse emblem and one which appeared on the arms and flag of the old Dublin County Council), both of which recall the Norse settlement of Fingal in the 9th and 10th centuries - the Irish form of the placename, Fine Gall, means "foreign tribe". The emblem in the upper left of the shield is a St Brigid's cross (a small cross woven from straw which is traditional in the area) and the sheaf of wheat in the upper right of the shield represents Fingal's position as one of the principal corn-growing areas in Ireland. The motto (Flúirse Talaimh is Mara) means "abundance of land and of sea" - Fingal contains a number of fishing ports.

Vincent Morley, 2 January 1998

South Dublin County Council:

[South Dublin County Council] by Pascal Vagnat

I received some information about the flag of the South Dublin County Council. It is white with the coat of arms of the county council in the middle. The proportions are unknown.

Pascal Vagnat, 28 August 1997

Flags of city councils

Dublin City Council:

[Dublin City Council] by Vincent Morley

The flag of Dublin was adopted in 1885. The arms of the city, which date from the medieval period, were at first placed in a small square canton on the national flag of the period (a gold harp centred on a green field). The canton has since been enlarged to cover a quarter of the flag, thus displacing the harp towards the fly.

Vincent Morley, 26 October 1996

Galway City Council:

[Galway City Council] by Vincent Morley

Mayo County shield

[Mayo County Crest] by Michael Baynes, 15 March 2000

Castlebar town shield

[Castlebar town Crest] by Michael Baynes, 15 March 2000

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