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James William Rourke


Registration number 20150408A


This certifies that the heraldic arms of James William Rourke are registered as an original design and described by the blazon below

Arms: Per fess wavy Or and Sable three mullets in fess Gules between two lions passant counterchanged.
Crest: On a wreath Or and Sable, Issuant from a bar wavy Azure crested Argent a demi-otter Sable gauntletted Or grasping a sword proper.
Motto: ĊUN BUA (To victory)



Rationale

Arms: The colours and figures of these arms are based on those of other O’Rourkes in Ireland. The three red stars allude to the arms used by ancestors named Frew. The wavy division line symbolizes a Sine wave to represent Mr. Rourke’s career as a technology consultant.

Crest: a black otter or, “dobharchu dubh” in Irish Gaelic. The dobhar-chu (literally water-hound) is also known as a fierce creature from Irish folklore that inhabits Irish waterways. There are legends about its gargantuan appetite and speed in and out of the water. It’s thought to be about seven feet long and carnivorous. Here it observes its lighter side and symbolizes a love of the sea and of life. Its armour and sword evoke the crest of the O’Rourkes of Ireland. The wavy bar is in honour of past and present generations who served in various Naval services.

Motto: This Irish Gaelic motto, meaning “To victory”, complements the motto BAUGH, meaning “Victory”, of the O’Rourke sept of Ireland.

Note

Canadian Heraldic Authority, Ottawa, Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada, Volume VI, page 276, 15 November 2013

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James William Rourke

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