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The Fogarty Law Firm logo is based on the traditional family crest of the Fogarty family of Ireland, whose roots may be traced back in historical documents there for many hundreds of years. Among prominent family members mentioned in historical sources is Niallus Fogartagh, high king of Ireland, who was assassinated circa 719 AD. The historical accuracy of the family crest is confirmed by the fact that it is carved into the stone of the main tower at Castle Fogarty in Ireland.

The crest has been stylized somewhat to give it a modern look, and been placed on a yellow disc. For us, this disc represents the complete circle of service we strive to offer our clients with our team. The disc also stands for the globe, our planet, from the four corners of which our clients come to build a better life in Canada.

Ancient family crests from Europe include symbols and colours which may be understood by general rules of heraldry. There may be certain variations in different countries.

The Fogarty crest has two main colours: azure blue, which stands for truth and loyalty, and yellow (representing gold) for generosity. The minor colour is silver, for peace and sincerity.

The two standing or “rampant” lions are holding the yellow “garb” or sheaf of wheat. The lions stand for courage, honour and royalty, while the sheaf of wheat represents industry. The silver crescent (bottom left) stands for royal lineage and favour. On the bottom right there is a yellow harp, which in general heraldry represents a mystical bridge between heaven and earth, as well as contemplation.

O'Fogarty HarpIn Irish lore, the harp is the national symbol representing Irish culture and freedom. Historically, only very few Irish families were permitted to use the harp as part of their family crest. In fact, one of the national treasures of Ireland is the O’Fogarty harp, pictured at left, which was played by a renowned 17th century musician, Cornelius O’Fogarty.

Fogartys emigrated from Ireland to Canada beginning in the early 19th century. By the 1851 census, there were 63 Fogartys in the country. Among these were Stephen Fogarty’s great, great grandparents, Daniel and Rose Fogarty, both born in Ireland during 1799-1800.

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5 Comments

  1. Susan Fogarty
    Posted March 26, 2013 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    I very much enjoyed your website! My sons, Brendan & Patrick, were looking for pictures of castle Fogarty and they stumbled on your site.

    Thank you!

  2. Steven Fogarty
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 3:55 am | Permalink

    Very much like the pictures and info, thanks

  3. Katherine Fogarty
    Posted November 19, 2013 at 3:51 am | Permalink

    Thank you very much for your website, I love reading any kind of history on the Fogarty name!

  4. braddon fogarty
    Posted February 15, 2014 at 3:00 am | Permalink

    thankyou for this info and pics. makes me want to visit the tipperary region in ireland. by the way i am in australia. the fogartys emmigrated here in the late 1800s i think. i am 5th generation

  5. Sean Fogarty
    Posted March 4, 2014 at 3:03 am | Permalink

    Interesting, interesting. It’s a heraldic crescent and not a crescent moon then? Apparently they are completely different and so I’m trying to track down the heraldic prescription in words . . .

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