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Ireland: county colours of Leinster


Last modified: 2012-09-08 by rob raeside
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[Leinster] image by Mario Fabretto

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County colours in Leinster

The flags in popular use are based on the colours of the county teams in Gaelic football and hurling - the most popular spectator sports. As these flags are entirely unofficial, the designs vary: one sees the colours arranged as horizontal stripes, quarters, lozenges, etc., but vertical stripes are the most common. These flags have outgrown their sporting origins and are now widely used on festive occasions, flown alongside the European Union, national and provincial flags at shopping centres, hotels, etc.

CarlowCeatharlach green, red and yellow
DublinÁth Cliath (Duibhlinn) dark blue and light blue
KildareCill Dara white
KilkennyCill Chainnigh black and 'amber' (a reddish orange)
Laois (Leix) Laois blue and white
Longford An Longfort blue and gold
Louth red and white
Meath An Mhí green and gold
Offaly Uíbh Fhailí green, white and gold
Westmeath An Iarmhí maroon and white
Wexford Loch Garman purple and gold
Wicklow Cill Mhantáin blue and yellow

Vincent Morley, 4 December 1996

Rugby Colours

[Leinster] image by Mario Fabretto, recoloured by Ivan Sache

The flag of the Leinster rugby team is similar to the Leinster province flag but with a blue field instead of green and LEINSTER written in gold letters below the harp. The same emblem (harp + province name) is shown on the players' jerseys, the dominant colour of which is blue. I suppose blue was adopted instead of the green colour of the province because the green jersey is for the Irish national team only.

Ivan Sache, 12 April 2003