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[South Dublin County Council] image by Pascal Vagnat
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I received some information about the flag of the South Dublin County Council. It is white with the coat of arms of the county council in the middle. The proportions are unknown.
Pascal Vagnat
, 28 August 1997


Tallaght

[Tallaght] image by Seos Colla, 24 February 2011

I have an updated image for you for the flag of Tallaght in South Dublin County. An Bratach Fulaingt, or The Endurance Flag, containing the white coat of arms of South Dublin County Council, has been designed in anticipation of the town achieving city status.

The flag is 158 cm in length from hoist to fly X 92 cm along its width. It has a simple bicolour bend design. The field is dark green, representing the natural hinterland, especially its green hills. The diagonal band running from the bottom of the hoist (left hand corner) to the top of the fly (right hand corner) is a deep red and it stands for the bloodlines of the many civilisations that have existed in Tallaght, despite turbulent times, in history, prehistory and mythology. The position of the diagonal also demonstrates Tallaght's long and interconnected history with Dublin as the band runs in a south-westerly direction from a perceived position of Dublin city at the top of the fly to Tallaght's at the bottom of the hoist. Six blue 8-pointed stars adorn the flag, three to the top left diagonal and three to the bottom right. These represent the mythological, pre-historical and four historical periods in Tallaght's long and diverse history. They also echo a non-political reference to the historical 1867 Fenian flag found after the battle of Tallaght which displayed 32 8-pointed golden stars that signified the then 32 counties of Ireland.

The chosen colours were selected after both a consultation within Tallaght Youth Theatre, which led to their inclusion (green and red) in a performance based on the future of Tallaght, and the results of an online survey (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZW55V8J). The survey found that while not every respondent answered this question, in general a percentage could be taken of the total responses. The colours most associated with the area were green (57.9%), blue (42.1%), red (26.3%) and white (21.1%). These happen to the colours of the flag that flies at South Dublin County Council headquarters (a fess flag of blue, green and red containing the white coat of arms of the county at its badge), something that shows Tallaght's connection with this new, but well established county. As a result, these colours have been amalgamated into the previous design of the flag. Thus, the new design is rendered.
Seos Colla, 24 February 2011


Earlier version

[Tallaght] image by Joseph Cully, 12 April 2008

This design by me now exists on cloth and is being used as part of a public performance by a theatre group. It will be flown from the roof of the theatre building and is currently gaining a lot of recognition by community groups and local politicians alike. The flag is based on the town of Loughrea flag in Connacht and its exact design and colours were decided upon after a survey conducted amongst the local population this summer. A number of businesses in the locality have expressed interest in purchasing a flag for their own use. As a result this flag is rapidly becoming recognisable as the flag of Tallaght.
Joseph Cully, 2 October 2008

The flag has been named An Bratach Fulaingt, or in English, The Endurance Flag. No emblem, charge or badge will be added until the town is achieves city status as they would have to be approved by the Chief Herald of Ireland. The Mayor of South Dublin County, Marie Corr has given special permission for the flag to be flown outside the Rua Red county arts centre in Tallaght on April 17th and 18th 2009.

The flag is 158 cm in length from hoist to fly X 92 cm along its width. It has a simple bicolour bend design. The field is dark green, representing at once the natural hinterland, especially its green hills and a non-political reference to the historical 1867 Fenian flag found after the battle of Tallaght (the 32 stars representing Irish counties of the time are not utilised). The diagonal band running from the bottom of the hoist (left hand corner) to the top of the fly (right hand corner) is a deep red and it stands for the blood of the many civilisations that have existed in Tallaght, despite turbulent times, in history, prehistory and mythology. The position of the diagonal also demonstrates Tallaght's long and interconnected history with Dublin as the band runs in a south-westerly direction from a perceived position of Dublin city at the top of the fly to Tallaght's at the bottom of the hoist.

The two chosen colours are also two of the three colours of the flag that flies at South Dublin County Council headquarters (a fess flag of blue, green and red containing the white coat of arms of the county at its badge), something that shows Tallaght's connection with this new, but well established county. The name, 'Endurance', symbolises hope in the face of adversity.
Joseph Cully, 12 April 2009