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Dublin County Council was abolished on 1 January 1994 and replaced by three new county councils. One of these is Fingal County Council. The new council has adopted as its flag a vertical bicolour of dark green and white - colours which appear to have been taken from the council's arms and which, as far as I know, had no previous association with the area.
The arms are centred in the white stripe and show a Viking longboat and a raven (another Norse emblem and one which appeared on the arms and flag of the old Dublin County Council), both of which recall the Norse settlement of Fingal in the 9th and 10th centuries - the Irish form of the place name, Fine Gall, means "foreign tribe". The emblem in the upper left of the shield is a St Brigid's cross (a small cross woven from straw which is traditional in the area) and the sheaf of wheat in the upper right of the shield represents Fingal's position as one of the principal corn-growing areas in Ireland. The motto (Flúirse Talaimh is Mara) means "abundance of land and of sea" - Fingal contains a number of fishing ports.
Vincent Morley, 2 January 1998