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Cork, Ireland


Last modified: 2018-11-04 by rob raeside
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West Cork

[West Cork] by António Martins-Tuválkin, 4 January 2008

At the flag of what seems to be the West Cork Regional Branding Initiative is presented and displayed. At  there is a large image of the logo.

I can offer that all depictions of the logo seem to show it slightly squeezed vertically, though all its details imply that that it was designed to be fully circular. The flag is quite oblong (~3:5) with the logo centered on its width and slightly off set to the bottom, giving way to a line of text set in retro casual nonvariant cursive purple letters reading "West Cork - A Place Apart". The logo is round and seal like (with purple bold "TM" outside the ring frame on the lower right corner, also visible on the flag) with wide green rim double-fimbriated in white and green with lettering "A place apart" in white bold serif italics from 9 to 1 o’clock and "West Cork" in larger white bold serif swash italics from 7 to 4 o’clock. The center of the seal is white with a stylized fuchsia flower slightly overlapping the rim in hot pink and purple.

Is this an official flag in the local administration framework, or just a private effort? And is Fuchsia Brands more than an advertising agency? If not, why did they used a canting logo to brand West Cork?
António Martins-Tuválkin, 4 January 2008

County colours

[Cork County Colours] image by Eugene Ipavec, 10 April 2009

A red and white vertically divided flag (the county colours) with a centred shield showing a harbour between two green headlands each bearing a red tower with a St. Patrick's cross flag on each; sailing in the harbour a rigged sailing ship.  The name CORK is arched above, and Corcaigh below.

This "county flag" is used by supporters of Gaelic Athletics (Gaelic Football, Hurling etc.) teams. There are as many versions of these as there are manufacturers, and none of these have official status. What is consistent is the county colours.
Laurence Jones, 2 November  2005

[Cork Harbour Sailing Club]image located by Peter Edwards, 14 October 2018

The arms of Cork City were officially registered by the Chief Herald on 23rd August 1949 and are described as follows: "Órdha ar thonntracha mara long trí-chrann fá lántseol dualdaite idir dhá thúr dhearg ar charraigeacha dualdaite ar gach túr bratach airgid maisithe le sailtír dheirg" Leis an Rosc "Statio Bene Fide Carinis."
“Or, on waves of the sea a ship three masts in full sail proper between two towers gules upon rocks also proper each tower surmounted by a flag argent charged with a saltire of the third" with the Motto "Statio Bene Fide Carinis.”

The flags in the modern Arms have the red x-shaped cross of St. Patrick. The ship and towers motif is of ancient origin, and examples survive from the 17th Century. It is possible that the Coat of Arms was originally derived from the ancient Common Seal of the City. It is popularly thought that the towers represent the King’s and Queen’s Castles of the original harbour of Cork, which was situated in the present day Castle Street area. The motto ‘Statio Bene Fide Carinis’ ‘A Safe Harbour for Ships’ is a later addition, and is an adaptation of a line from Virgil’s Aeneas.*
Cork City Council website

*Adapted from Virgil's Aeneid (II, 23: "statio male fida carinis", "an unsafe harbour" [Troy]) but corrupted for unknown reasons to "fide".

The coat of arms also appears, in a different rendition, on Cork Harbour Sailing Club.
Ivan Sache, 14 October 2018

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