Mayo (county)

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The Mayo arms consist of nine yew trees, a Patriarchal Cross and three Passion Crosses with a ship and waves. The word Mhaigh Eo means "the plain of the Yew Trees" and the nine yew trees express that fact with one for each barony of the county.

The Patriarchal Cross (a cross with two bars) symbolises the Catholic Archdiocese of Tuam, and the three Passion Crosses represent the other three Catholic dioceses in Mayo, i.e. Achonry, Killala and Galway-Kilmacduagh-Kilfenora.
Mayo is a maritime county, and that fact is represented by the ship and waves.

The apparition at Knock is represented by the rose surmounted by a crown at the top of the crest.

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