Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

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Bray Crest

Bray Crest: Explanation
(Diagram Above)

The coat of arms of Bray were created to include local features in the town and to commemerate the town's history. In the shield, the central piece dividing the field in two represents the bridge over the Dargle River, which separates Little Bray from the rest of the town. The bell represents Raheen-a-Cluig, a ruined 13th century church on Bray Head. The mermaid is representive both of Bray's close connection with the sea, and it also comes from the arms of the O'Byrne (Ó Broin) Clan, who feature heavily in Wicklow's history.

The martlet, or swallow represents the Brabazon family (the Earls of Meath) who still own a large amount of land and a manor house at Kilruddery at the south of the town. The lion comes from the arms of the O'Toole (Ó Tuathaill) Clan, another Irish family closely associated with Wicklow's history.

The motto
"Féile agus Fáilte" just below the crest means "hospitality and welcome".

Bray Wanderers Football Club

A number of sporting clubs and other associations use variations of the Town Crest as their own crest, including Bray Wanderers FC and Bray Emmets GAA. There are a few examples above.

Our class looked at the idea of designing an alternative crest for Bray. We looked at some of the other elements of what makes the town a popular place for people to live and as a holiday destination.

Below are some of the designs we came up with;


© Mr. Ó Broin's Class, St. Cronan's School, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland |

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