Fermanagh (district)

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FERMANAGH

Additions: 1974 Enniskillen (Borough), Enniskillen RDC, Irvinestown RDC, Lisnakea RDC

Arms (crest) of Fermanagh (district)
Official blazon
English

Per saltire Azure and Vert in chief two bars wavy Argent surmounted of a representation of the Watergate at Enniskillen Or flying from the battlements to the dexter a banner of St. Patrick in base two pieces of Fermanagh Lace surmounted of an urn of Belleek ware in dexter flank a representation of the Round Tower at Devenish and in the sinister flank a representation of the Cole Monument at Enniskillen all proper in the fess point upon a Bezant a dexter hand couped Gules,
And For The Crest Out of a Coronet of four Shamrocks set upon a Rim Or a Mount Vert thereon a Horse forcene Argent caparisoned Azure thereon a Knight in full armour in the dexter hand a Sword held aloft beneath the quillons point downwards proper.
Mantled Azure doubled Or.
Supporters, On a Compartment two Deer both winged proper about the neck of the dexter an Annulet Or pendent therefrom a Fleur-de-lys Sable and about the neck of the sinister a like Annulet pendent therefrom a Mullet of eight points Argent.
Motto: Fermanagh.

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on January 17, 1975.

Industry is depicted by Belleek Ware and Fermanagh Lace; the historical link is depicted by the crest of the Maguires, ancient Kings of Fermanagh, the Round Towers and the Castle Keep. The wavy bars depict water of Fermanagh's lakes; all these features are drawn together by the golden roundel (taken form the arms of the the Cole and Brooke families) with the Ulster Hand upon it.

The supporters, two winged deer have golden rings, resembling torcs, about their necks from which hang a black fleur-de-lys and a white eight-pointed star. These are taken from the arms of the former Tyrone County Council, and record that two small areas of Tyrone, around Fivemiletown and Irvinestown, were added to the historic County of Fermanagh to form the new District.


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