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Mullingar Crest

The original bronze seal bearing the Mullingar Arms dating, from c. 1700,  was found by a labourer and eventually found it’s way to the Royal Historical and Archaeological Society of Ireland. In a report of their proceedings in October of that year (Vol. 4, 4th series) their deliverations on the seal were as follows:

‘’The central object is a water-wheel, the rye mill-wheel of St Colman of Lynn, beneath and archway; under which water is flowing.  Immediately above this is an implement resembling a square beetle, with a diapered pattern which washer-women use, but equally resembles a heckle for teasing or tearing flax or carding blankets.  On the sinister side of the arch is an embattled tower, out of which issues a demi-griffen rampant, while on the dexter side is what may be called a church-spire, with a bird resting on the cross, and beneath is a tented field with pennant flying.  Around is the legend ‘’Sigillum Commune de Mollinger’’ which is basically ‘’the seal of the town of Mullingar’’. Mullin is the shaft of a mill-wheel  and gar, forming the final syllable, is literally to cut, reft or tear.  Thus the seal of Mullingar shows the water-wheel and hackle as chief symbols of the staple trade of the town at that time’’.

Further investigations have shown that the demi-griffin, astride on embattled tower, is the arms of one Thomas Petit of the manor of Mullingar, situate at Irishtown.  Pettit was alive in 1611 and to this day there is a townland of Pettiswood known to be part of his lands.  He owned two mills, the Moate and the Tuck.  The bird above the church-spire was thought to be symbolic of the monastic settlements in the area, of which there were three, the Priory of St. Mary, founded in 1227 by Ralph Petyt, Bishop of Meath, for the Canons Regular of St. Augustine; the Dominican Friary, founded in 1237 by the Nugent family and the Order of St. Francis, founded in 1622.  The pennants and the tents would represent the importance of Mullingar as a military centre through the ages.  The crown would be symbolic of the Ard-Ri, Malachy of the Cro-Innis  Lough Ennel, who vanquished the Dane Turgesius in Lough Owel.  The mill-river under the wheel is th eBrosna, formerly called the Golden Arm.

The Plaque on display was presented to the Mullingar Branch Library on 6th January 1959 by Dr. Trevor Winckworth, Oliver Plunkett Street, Mullingar. 

Mullingar Coat of Arms

The Coat of Arms is based on the ancient seal of Mullingar.  This seal belonged to the Corporation which was established in Anglo-Norman times when Mullingar was an important town of the Pale.  The Corporation was dissolved in 1661 by Charles II when all the corporate lands were confiscated and given to Sir Arthur Forbes, ancestor of the Earl of Granard

The Griffin

The griffin or demi-griffin, as it is also referred to, comes from the coat of arms of one Thomas Pettit and the manor of Mullingar, situate at Irishtown.  He was alive in 1611 and to this day there is the townland of Pettitiswood, known to be part of his lands.

St. Colman’s Mill-Wheel

The water-wheel of St. Coman of Lynn or rye mill-wheel as it is also described is the central feature of the design.

The Cockatrice

The cockatrice comes from the coat of arms of the Nugent family and establishes the link with the Dominican Friary founded in 1237 by the family.

The Masoned Walls and Water

These are symbols associated with mills and milling and depict the channelling of the water for the purpose of driving the mill wheel.

Mullingar Town Council booklet

In 2014, to mark the dissolution of Mullingar Town Council, local historian Ruth Illingworth wrote a short history of Mullingar Town Council 1856-2014.

The booklet can be downloaded at the following link. A History of Mullingar Town Council

Mullingar Town Commission - Chairpersons

Date Chairperson Date Chairperson Date Chairperson
1908 P.J. Weymes 1943 H.F. Gilbert 1979 J. Coleman
1909 P.J. Weymes 1944 H.F. Gilbert 1980 G.L'Estrange
1910 P.J. Weymes 1945 P.J. Shaw 1981 J. Feely
1911 P.J. Shaw 1946 P.J. Shaw 1982 J. Coleman
1911 P.J. Shaw 1947 P.J. Shaw 1983 O. Buckley
1912 P.J. Shaw 1948 P.J. Shaw 1984 J. Feely
1913 P.J. Shaw 1949 P.J. Shaw 1985 F. McIntyre
1914 P.J. Shaw 1950 P.J. Shaw 1986 J. Feely
1915 P.J. Shaw 1951 G. Jennings 1987 D. Burke
1916 P.J. Shaw 1952 D. Keelan 1988 M. Dollard
1917 P.J. Shaw 1953 D. Keelan 1989 M. Hynes
1918 P.J. Shaw 1954 D. Keelan 1990 C. Glynn
1919 P.J. Shaw 1955 P. Kiernan 1991 D. Burke
1920 J. McKeown 1956 P. Kiernan 1992 M. Dollard
1921 J. McKeown 1957 J. Beglan 1993 F. McIntyre
1922 J. McKeown 1958 J. Brophy 1994 M. Dollard
1923 J. McKeown 1959 J. Beglan 1995 B. Doran
1924 J. McKeown 1960 J. Coleman 1996 F. McIntyre
1925 R. Corcoran 1961 J. Harte 1997 P. Collins
1926 R. Corcoran 1962 J. Beglan 1998 D. Cornally
1927 J.J. Barry 1963 J. Feely 1999 M. Dollard
1928 P. Brett 1964 J. Beglan 2000 F. McIntyre
1929 P. Brett 1965 J. Beglan 2001 D. Cornally
1930 P. Dooner 1966 J. Bennett 2002 B. Doran
1931 P. Dooner 1967 J. Coleman 2003 P. Collins
1932 P. Dooner 1968 G.L'Estrange 2004 D. Cornally
1933 P. Dooner 1969 J. Beglan 2005 F. McIntyre
1934 O. Comiskey 1970 J. Brophy 2006 P. Whelan
1935 O. Comiskey 1971 J. Bennett 2007 P. Collins
1936 O. Comiskey 1972 J. Beglan 2008 M. Dollard
1937 O. Comiskey 1973 J. Brophy 2009 R.Illingworth
1938 O. Comiskey 1974 J. Bennett 2010 D. Cornally
1939 O. Comiskey 1975 E. Bruton 2011 P. Burke
1940 O. Comiskey 1976 J. Feely 2012 G. Sheridan
1941 O. Comiskey 1977 J. Coleman 2013 P. Collins
1942 H.F. Gilbert 1978 J. Brophy

Dissolved in 2014