County Mayo Tartan

County Mayo Tartan is a symbol of the rich history and cultural heritage of Ireland. The tartan belongs to the province of Connacht in the west of Ireland. The Anglo-Norman colonization of Ireland began in 1169, and Mayo came under Norman control in 1235. This resulted in the demise of many Gaelic lords, including the O'Connors of Connacht. During the 1230s, the Anglo-Normans and Welsh settled in the county, introducing new families such as Burke, Gibbons, Staunton, Prendergast, Morris, Joyce, Walsh, Barrett, Lynott, Costello, Padden, and Price. They were later assimilated into the Gaelic-Irish communities in the 14th century. The MacWilliam Burkes, also known as the MacWilliam lochtar, were the most powerful clan to emerge during this time. They descended from Sir William Liath de Burgh, who defeated the Gaelic-Irish at the Second Battle of Athenry in 1316. Protestant settlers from Scotland, England, and elsewhere in Ireland settled in the county in the early 17th century. Many of them were killed or fled following the 1641 Rebellion, an attempt by Irish Catholic gentry to seize control of the English Administration. Moto of this clan is "Dia is Muire linn"(God and Mary be with us).
The County Mayo Tartan is a striking combination of red, blue, green, black, white, and yellow. The tartan's distinct pattern combines diagonal blue and red stripes, intersected by fine green and white lines, with added depth from black stripes. The red and blue signify the sea and sky, while the green represents the lush greenery of the countryside. The black and white stripes are a nod to the ancient burial tombs, stone circles, and dolmens that dot the landscape. The yellow represents the gorse flowers that bloom in the spring.
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