Mountmellick

Mountmellick

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Mountmellick () is a town in the north of County Laois, Ireland. It lies on the N80 national secondary road and the R422 and R423 regional roads.

Name

Mountmellick, sometimes spelt Montmellick or Montmellic, is an anglicisation of the Irish name Móinteach Mílic, which means "(the) bog of/by (the) land bordering a river". Older anglicisations include Mointaghmeelick, Montaghmelick, Montiaghmeelick and Monteaghmilick.

Mountmellick's Coat of Arms

The motto translates as "friendship through partnership". The fretted design represents Mountmellick Work, an embroidery craft unique to the town.

The bend wavy represents the Owenass river, which embraces much of the town.

The crosses reflect the foundation of the town by the Society of Friends or Quakers. These heraldic elements are crosses moline, and derive from the mill-rind, the iron centre of a millstone. They reflect an important Mountmellick industry.

The sprigs of andromeda portifolia, or bog rosemary, remind us of the name place, Mointech Milic. Mointeach means "mooreland", reclaimed bogland, and Milic means wetland.

The chief herald of Ireland assigned a coat of arms to Mountmellick Town Commission on the 16th December 1998.

History



Other than that its a 15th-century settlement on the narrow Owenass river (River of the Falls in Irish) with an encampment on its banks at Irishtown. Overlooking...
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