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Dublin County Council, Ireland

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County of Dublin

[Dublin County] by Rochard Herve

This flag is sold in Dublin as the 'Dublin flag' - it is a flag of the County of Dublin. It is based on the county colours
Rochard Herve
, 11 May 2003

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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

Dublin County Council (former flag):

[Dublin County Council] by Mario Fabretto

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

Vincent Morley, 1 November 1997

This flag was of the county council - the elected body responsible for local administration. It was flown at council offices but it did not represent the county and is not used by the general population.

Vincent Morley, 1 November 1997


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

The official flag used by the city council places three burning castles in the the canton of a green flag which has a large gold harp in the fly. This is the only flag flown by the city authorities - it can always be seen flying at both the mansion house (the residence of the mayor) and the city hall, where the city council meets, and often at other buildings owned by the city council. The flag used by the public, in both the city and Dublin county as a whole (the county covers a larger area than the city) is a dark blue/light blue bicolour - most commonly arranged vertically with the dark blue in the hoist. This flag is commonly seen but has no official status.
Vincent Morley, 13 September 2003

The castle of Dublin first appears in the 13th century seal of the city. On the seal Dublin is clearly under siege, from the central tower two sentries sound the alarm, while on each flanking tower stands an archer with a cross-bow. It probably depicts the readiness of the citizens, not an actual siege. Later, the single tower was replaced by three different castles, the small figures were replaced by flames from the towers. The fire indicates the zeal of the citizens in defence of the city.
Source: International Civic Heraldry site, 27 March 2004

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