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Connacht

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A new book on Irish heraldry has been published recently: Nicholas Williams, "Armas: Sracfh??achaint ar Araltas na h??ireann", 224 pp with 39 colour plates, 12.70 euro. It's in Irish and traces the historical development of Irish heraldry since the 13th century to the present. The work is well-researched (a former Chief Herald praises it in a foreword) and covers many aspects of the subject, but it has very little to say about flags.?├┐One point that may be of interest however is a novel explanation for the arms (and thus for the widely-used heraldic banner) of the province of Connacht. According to Williams the province's arms are derived from those of the Irish monastery at Regensburg in Bavaria, but the eagle originally appeared on a gold rather than a silver field - thus combining the Imperial arms with those of the O'Briens, an Irish dynasty who patronised the foundation.The similarity in the design is indeed striking, but the author doesn't explain how the arms came to be transferred from the Bavarian monastery to the Irish province. It is true, however, that the earliest 17th-century representations of the provincial arms are in black and white. Vincent Morley, 25 November 2001 Via CRW Flags

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