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Tramore (Ireland), coat of arms

Tramore (Ireland), coat of arms

The "lymphad and swords" on the Coat of Arms are representative of an important incident in Tramore’s history that occurred at Ballymacdane (now known as Ballymacaw). The Chief Herald’s office maintain that the battle of Ballymacdane was of the greatest importance. The landing of boats near Tramore prior to the battle of Ballymacdane / Ballymacaw is represented on the Town Council Crest. The battle was part of an ongoing feud between Waterford and Cork during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

The "three pallets" on the crest represent the Metalman or Newtown Beacons. The pillars were erected to direct boats and ships to away from Tramore Bay, and thereby evert tragedy. Prior to the erection of the pillars many vessels mistook for Waterford Harbour and found themselves in difficulty in the shallow water and on the rocks of Tramore Bay. It was because of numerous such tragedies that Tramore Bay earned its chilling appellation, "The Graveyard of Ships". /www.waterford-today.ie/


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