Last modified: 2006-02-18 by rob raeside
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The flags in popular use are based on the colours of the county teams in Gaelic football and hurling - the most popular spectator sports. As these flags are entirely unofficial, the designs vary: one sees the colours arranged as horizontal stripes, quarters, lozenges, etc., but vertical stripes are the most common. These flags have outgrown their sporting origins and are now widely used on festive occasions, flown alongside the European Union, national and provincial flags at shopping centres, hotels, etc.
|Galway||Gaillimh||maroon and white|
|Leitrim||Liatroim||green and gold|
|Mayo||Maigh Eo||green and red|
|Roscommon||Ros Comáin||blue and yellow (officially primrose yellow)|
|Sligo||Sligeach||black and white|
Vincent Morley, 4 December 1996
Note the order of colours is not specified - they are used both in the order shown above and in the reverse order.