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Saint-Irénée, Quebec (Canada)


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[Saint-Irénée, Quebec] image by Olivier Touzeau, 17 April 2020
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Description of the flag

Saint-Irénée (parish municipality, 700 inhabitants, 59.89 km²)
BWB canadian pale, ratio probably 3:5
Olivier Touzeau, 17 April 2020

This flag was observed in the Summer of 1999.
Luc Baronian, 6 May 2005

The arms of Saint-Irénée are inspired both by medieval heraldry and toady's graphic design, offering a both classic and modern image. The municipality searched for a serious and confidence-inspiring institutional signature, but without the severity and pomp sometimes conveyed by coats of arms.
The arms of Saint-Irénée, although they respect the spirit of heraldry, that is, to get a design visible and identifiable from a distance, are not compliant with the canons of heraldry; accordingly, they cannot be properly blazoned.
The different elements of the arms, however, symbolize the village's characteristic features and history.

The fleur-de-lis, one of the most beautiful heraldic charges, represents the population's French origin.
Green, or vert, symbolizes agriculture and forestry, which have been the main source of income in Saint-Irénée since the origins.
The five horizontal strips or recall music, the today's muse of Saint-Irénée.
The green and vert motif illustrates the village's characteristic geography, the bay and the mountains.

The supporters are tree branches, potato stems - the historic product of the soil of Saint-Irénée, or boughs of any other cultivated plant, as the symbol of work and rooting in the ancestors' land.
The motto (Hospitality) in blue letters on a scroll or confers to the arms the population's human values.
Ivan Sache, 18 April 2020