Mullingar Town Council

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.

Mullingar Town Commission - Chairpersons

1908P.J. Weymes1943H.F. Gilbert1979J. Coleman
1909P.J. Weymes1944H.F. Gilbert1980G.L'Estrange
1910P.J. Weymes1945P.J. Shaw1981J. Feely
1911P.J. Shaw1946P.J. Shaw1982J. Coleman
1911P.J. Shaw1947P.J. Shaw1983O. Buckley
1912P.J. Shaw1948P.J. Shaw1984J. Feely
1913P.J. Shaw1949P.J. Shaw1985F. McIntyre
1914P.J. Shaw1950P.J. Shaw1986J. Feely
1915P.J. Shaw1951G. Jennings1987D. Burke
1916P.J. Shaw1952D. Keelan1988M. Dollard
1917P.J. Shaw1953D. Keelan1989M. Hynes
1918P.J. Shaw1954D. Keelan1990C. Glynn
1919P.J. Shaw1955P. Kiernan1991D. Burke
1920J. McKeown1956P. Kiernan1992M. Dollard
1921J. McKeown1957J. Beglan1993F. McIntyre
1922J. McKeown1958J. Brophy1994M. Dollard
1923J. McKeown1959J. Beglan1995B. Doran
1924J. McKeown1960J. Coleman1996F. McIntyre
1925R. Corcoran1961J. Harte1997P. Collins
1926R. Corcoran1962J. Beglan1998D. Cornally
1927J.J. Barry1963J. Feely1999M. Dollard
1928P. Brett1964J. Beglan2000F. McIntyre
1929P. Brett1965J. Beglan2001D. Cornally
1930P. Dooner1966J. Bennett2002B. Doran
1931P. Dooner1967J. Coleman2003P. Collins
1932P. Dooner1968G.L'Estrange2004D. Cornally
1933P. Dooner1969J. Beglan2005F. McIntyre
1934O. Comiskey1970J. Brophy2006P. Whelan
1935O. Comiskey1971J. Bennett2007P. Collins
1936O. Comiskey1972J. Beglan2008M. Dollard
1937O. Comiskey1973J. Brophy2009R.Illingworth
1938O. Comiskey1974J. Bennett2010D. Cornally
1939O. Comiskey1975E. Bruton2011P. Burke
1940O. Comiskey1976J. Feely2012G. Sheridan
1941O. Comiskey1977J. Coleman2013P. Collins
1942H.F. Gilbert1978J. Brophy

Dissolved in 2014