Flag and coat of arms of Mide

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The Flag of Mide
1651 Arms of Mide

The flag and arms of the mediaeval Irish province of Mide consist of a monarch in majesty (seated on a throne).[1][2]

The arms reflect the fact that Tara, the seat of the High King of Ireland, was in Mide.[1] This symbolism is derived from iconography rather than classical heraldry;[1] mediaeval royal seals portrayed a majesty on the obverse and the arms of the sovereign on the reverse. The sceptre, here shown to have five oval nodules, represented power, and the outstretched right hand justice; both of these were royal prerogatives.[1] The old province of Meath is nearly coextensive with the present-day Diocese of Meath. The arms of Meath were apparently used at one time as the arms of Ireland: a majesty on a sable (black) background, the provincial arms being displayed on an azure (blue) field azure.[3]

The arms are still used by the Meath GAA, but the Meath county council has adopted a new design.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Carragin, Eoin (2007-04-18). "Heraldry in Ireland" (PDF). National Library of Ireland. p. 3. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  2. ^ http://archives.library.nuigalway.ie
  3. ^ National Library of Ireland Heraldry in Ireland
  4. ^ "Irish Civic & Regional Coats of Arms". heraldry.ws. Retrieved 2008-03-17.