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BALLYMONEY (District COuncil)

Additions : 1974 Ballymoney UDC, Ballymoney RDC
Incorporated into : 2015 Causeway Coast and Glens

Arms (crest) of Ballymoney
Official blazon
English

Arms : Per saltire azure and argent in fess two cross crosslets fitchy gules in chief a tower and in base a garb Or.
Crest : On a wreath of the colours, a curlew proper supporting a fountain.
Supporters : On the dexter a boar azure, crined unguled and tusked Or, langued gules; and on the sinister side a horse also azure crined and unguled gold, each gorged with a mural crown argent.
Motto: Goodwill to all People

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on January 16, 1979

The division of the shield per saltire and coloured blue and white, alludes to St. Andrew’s cross, and thereby to Ballymoney’s connection with Scotland. The red crosses are taken from the arms and crest of the MacDonnells and the wheatsheaf refers to agriculture.

The tower represents Ballymoney’s old church tower. The curlew denotes the wildlife in the Ballymoney area and an heraldic fountain represents the Altnahinch Dam and Garry Bog.

The horse features as a supporter to the arms of Lord Macartney, and the boar indicates Ballymoney’s bacon industry.

The mural crowns with which the supporters are gorged refer to the Council’s borough status.

Arms (crest) of Ballymoney

Arms for Ballymoney UDC on a JaJa postcard +/- 1905
Arms (crest) of Ballymoney

Arms for Ballymoney UDC in 1937

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