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Modeligo Crest

COMMUNITY CREST

Creating our Crest


It was with a great sense of pride and satisfaction that we introduced our new Community Crest on 5th. June 1998. To the best of our knowledge it is the first time that Modeligo has had a symbol to represent all our traditions and culture.

A competition was held in 1997 to produce a suitable design to represent our community. We had a great response and the standard was very high. Three joint winners whose works best represented the judges requirements were picked, namely, Ruaidhri French, Dromroe, Patricia Hearn, Lackendarra and Micheál Power, Graiguemore.

The task of marrying the three designs was given to Freda Shaughnessy from Galway, an artistic genius and a teaching colleague of Ber Phelan (RIP) while in Enniscorthy. She went to huge lengths to satisfy our many requests.

The task of bringing the crest to life was given to Julie Cashman from Knocknacrooha. Julie also has a real talent, sincere thanks to her for the time and effort she put into recreating this unique crest. It now commands its own special place of honour over our stage.

The crest is based on the following symbols

  • The Celtic Cross denotes our sense of histroy and our great religious tracition. The Celtic Circle denotes community, togetherness and unity.
  • The Book and Quill represents Education, learning and our National School.
  • The artistic M stands for Modeligo and also for Mary, Our Lady of the Assumption, to whom our parish is dedicated - hence the blue colour.
  • The Thorns represent the Irish meaning of Modeligo, The Plain of Thorns - reputedly associated with St. Declan. He was passing through our parish when he stood on a thorn. He gazed on the valley below him and exclaimed: The Plain of Thorns!
  • The Irish version of Ma Dheilge represents the Irish tradition of the parish and reinforces the fact that this area was a full Gaeltacht at the turn of the century.
  • The green colour represents all our sporting clubs.
  • Great credit is due to Micheál Phelan for his vision and wish to have a community crest, his foresight has resulted in our unique crest being displayed on school uniforms, football jerseys, badminton shirts etc.