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Boarnsterhim municipality, Fryslân province
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Jirnsum villageOfficial name: Jirnsum (Dutch: Irnsum), Boarnsterhim municipality, Fryslân province; used to be in the former municipality of Rauwerderhem, along the railway Leeuwarden - Heerenveen (station Grouw/Irnsum). 1958: 975 inh.; 1974: 1130.
Village nickname: Kattekneppelers (catclubbers; a cat was put in a barrel, people threw clubs against the barrel, and after a while it burst, and when the slightly uneasy cat flew away clubs were thrown at it; any "lucky" person hitting the cat was the "kattenkoning" (cat-king). In 1870 this sporting event was forbidden.
Jirnsum: CoA: in red a silver fess with a blue clover- or Mauritius cross. This is based on the arms of the former municipality
Rauwerderhem; the cross reminds of the patron saint of the church.
Flag: two vertical stripes of white and red, proportioned 2:1; in the white stripe a blue clover cross.
Source: Genealogysk Jierboekje 1986.
Encyclopedie van Friesland, 1958.
Groot Schimpnamenboek van Nederland, by Dirk van der Heide, 1998.
Jarig Bakker, 20 Aug 2003
Jirnsum CoA from the Genealogysk Jierboekje 1986.