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NEWTOWNABBEY

Borough Council

Additions : 1974 Antrim RDC (partly), Ballyclare UDC, Larne RDC (partly), Newtownabby UDC (partly)
Incorporated into : 2015 Antrim and Newtownabbey

Arms of Newtownabbey

Official blazon

Arms : Per pale vert and sable goutté d'or, overall a mitre argent, its infulae fringed gold
Crest : On a two-headed phoenix gules beaked or rising from flames proper issuant from a mural crown gold a crozier also gold
Supporters : Dexter: A demi-eagle gules beaked or armed azure collared checky gules and or attached to a demi-lion rampant sable armed gules, one paw resting on a cog-wheel; Sinister: A demi-griffin sable beaked or armed and langued gules collared checky gules and or attached to a demi-lion rampant gules armed azure one paw resting on a garb party per pale or and azure
Motto: Multi in uno resurgent

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted in 1976.

The abbot's mitre refers to the abbey which was founded here in the 13th Century giving the name to Whiteabbey.

The black and green represent agriculture and industry and the gold the wealth extracted from them. The phoenix has two heads as the creation of Newtownabbey was in two stages. The first head of the phoenix (facing dexter) refers to the original seven villages and the second head (facing sinister) to the additional villages. The red colour of the phoenix is taken from the armsof John de Courcey and is a reminder that he built the castle at Carrickfergus and installed Norman rule in the area.The Irish connection is seen in the red lion of the O'Neills.

The dexter supporter is derived as follows: Upper half: Demi-eagle gules beaked or (for the family of de Courcy) collared checky gules and or (for Chichester); lower half: Demi-lion rampant sable (for de Burgh), its paw resting on a cogwheel, symbolic of light industry.
The sinister supporter is derived as follows: Upper half: Demi-griffin sable beaked or (for Grimshaw) and collared checky gules and or (for Chichester); lower half: Demi-lion rampant gules (for O'Neill) its paw resting on a garb party per pale or and azure, symbolic of agriculture

The Motto "Multi in uno resurgent" means "Many Arise as One"

Urban District Council

Arms of Newtownabbey

Official blazon

Arms : Or, on a bend wavy gules a Maltese cross between two towers argent.
Crest : Out of a mural crown argent, a phoenix proper charged on the breast with a mullet of six points also argent.
Motto: Septem in uno surgent

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on June 10, 1958.

The tinctures are drawn from the arms of great families associated with the area:
Argent — from the arms of de Courcey
Gules — from the arms of O'Neill
Or — from the arms of de Burgh

The trisection of the shield recalls the original three Parishes in the area: Shankill, Carnmoney and Templepatrick. The wavy bend also refers to the two rivers Ballylinny and Glas-na-Cradon passing through the town. The Maltese Cross is the emblem of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem, who were associated with the Abbey, and the two towers represent the two ancient strongholds of Whitehouse and Dunanney.

The mantling is or and gules, these being the two main tinctures of the shield. These also recall the main tinctures on the shield of arms of Sir Edward Chichester, the 1st Viscount Chichester, who held large grants of land in the area.

The motto 'Septem in uno surgent' — seven shall rise as one — recalls that seven villages went to make up Newtownabbey and the idea of re-appearance in another form is reinforced by the use of the phoenix in the crest.

The six-pointed star is a reference to the fact that six counties (Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone) form the United Kingdom province of Northern Ireland. This star appears on the shield of arms of the province.


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Literature : Image provided by the Newtown Abbey council; Tyrrall, 1992. Nireland.jpg