Athlone Town Council

Athlone Town Council

Athlone Town Crest

The coat-of-arms of Athlone as described in ‘The Book of public arms’ by A.C. Fox-Davies and M.E.B. Crooks (Edinburgh, 1894) p14 corresponds with the details on the official seal of the Corporation of Athlone details of which survive and are dated 1663.  This is the earliest known use of the coat-of-arms for Athlone.

The coat-of-arms has never been registered in the Chief Heralds Office in Dublin or in the College of Arms in London and yet it has been used intermittently for 350 years.

The heraldic description is: Gules, a lion passant guardant, on chief of the last two roses of the field slipped and leaved vert, with the motto ‘Urbes stant legibus’ (A city stands by its laws).

The use of the symbolism of a lion passant and the roses reflect the history of the 17th century when Ireland was under British rule.

Heraldic description explained:

Gules = red

A lion passant = describes a lion (or leopard) shown walking with the right fore paw raised and the others on the ground, it is often referred to as the ‘lion of England’ as three such lions are shown on the Royal Arms

Guardant = indicates that the animal has its head turned to face the viewer

On chief = a chief is a charge on the coat-of-arms that takes the form of a band running horizontally across the top edge of the shield

Roses = a common heraldic symbol, in this case being ‘slipped and leaved’ simply means that they are rose blooms cut with leaves still attached and ‘vert’ means that the leaves and stem are green.

(The background colour of the shield is red below with the lion in gold, the colours are reversed in the upper band where the roses are shown as red on a gold ground with the leaves and stem in green).‌

Chairpersons Athlone Town Council

1900James J. Coen1938Michael Broderick1976Desmond Lynch
1901Michael Geoghegan1939William Cunniffe1977J. Crehan
1902Robert Baile1940Michael Broderick1978Cieran Temple
1903John Hunt1941James J. Fitzpatrick1979Sean Fallon
1904James J. Coen1942William Walsh1980Mary O'Rourke
1905John Burgess1943P.J.Lenihan1981Sean Fallon
1906Robert Baile1944P.J.Lenihan1982Padraic Dunne
1907Michael Hughes1945P.J.Lenihan1983Cieran Temple
1908Michael Lennon1946P.J.Lenihan1984Mary O'Rourke
1909John Burgess1947P.J.Lenihan1985Sean Fallon
1910James J. Coen1948P.J.Lenihan1986Mary O'Rourke
1911Michael Geoghegan1949P.J.Lenihan1987Breffni Rowan
1912Michael Lennon1950J. Wheatley1988Cieran Temple
1913Michael Hogan1951J. Wheatley1989Kieran Molloy
1914Owen J. Dolan1952F.J. Waters1990Cieran Temple
1915Henry Connell1953A. Faulkner1991John Butler
1916James J. Coen1954T. Darcy1992Breffni Rowan
1917John Burgess1955Frank Brennan1993Kieran Molloy
1918James Campbell1956M. Heavey1994John Butler
1919Michael Hughes1957T. Fahy1995Cieran Temple
1920James J. Coen1958P.J. Hogan1996Breffni Rowan
1921James J. Coen1959Thomas Kilroy1997Kieran Molloy
1922M.J.Hughes1960T. Darcy1998Brendan McFadden
1923M.J.Hughes1961A. Faulkner1999Frankie Keena
1924M.J.Hughes1962F. Waters2000John Butler
1925James J. Coen1963T.Fahy2001Egbert Moran
1926James J. Coen1964F. Waters2002Kieran Molloy
1927M.J. Hughes1965M. Heavey2003Kevin Moran
1928H. Broderick1966M. Heavey2004Austin Berry
1929J. Fitzpatrick1967T. Darcy2005Kieran Molloy
1930W. Walsh1968George Allen2006John Butler
1931Stephen J. McCrann1969T. Fahy2007Paul Hogan
1932John Grenham1970P. Russell2008Egbert Moran
1933James Horan1971T. Kilroy2009Mark Cooney
1934H. Broderick1972John Keenahan2010Sheila Buckley Byrne
1935J. Fitzpatrick1973J. Crehan2011Alan Shaw
1936Peter J. O'Connor1974George Allen2012Jim Henson
1937Edward Gorry1975John Keenahan2013Gabrielle McFadden

Dissolved in 2014