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Club Crest | Suaitheantas na gCumann

St.Mary's GAC, Ahoghill Club Crest In 2004 our club celebrated it's 60th anniversary and it proved to be an eventful and historic year for us all with the opening of the new clubrooms and improvements to our grounds. It was in light of this that the 2003 committee took the decision to modernise our club crest to one that was truly representative of our club.

Through much discussion and deliberation a concept for the new crest was derived. Taken from Irish Heraldry the crest embraced the concept of 'Water', 'Earth' and 'Sky' and is a geographic expression of where the club are in relation to the surrounding landscape. Cloney or Aughtercloney as it is originally known in Irish means the 'Upper Meadow'. Below Cloney lies Lough Neagh, Lough Beg and the River Bann, and these are expressed at the bottom of the Crest as 'Water'. Above the water 'Earth' which is the Upper Meadow and beyond Slemish Mountain which can be seen from our grounds. At the top of the Crest 'Sky' which is symbolised by the Sun and its powerful rays reaching down towards the land. The sun in relation to Irish Heraldry represents Glory, Splendour, Authority and in our case a new beginning. By looking closely to the center of the sun, you can see the image of St. Patrick's staff and at the center of the crest a shamrock. This illustrates symbolic linkage to Slemish and St. Patrick.

So there we have it, our new crest which looks both modern and like no other. Many thanks to all those who forwarded ideas.



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