Below is an undated article written by Historian Don Pidgeon about the United Irish Societies’ Chain of Office, which the president wears at functions and events where he or she is representing the organization.
Montrealers will have an opportunity to see the UIS Chain of Office on Wednesday at the annual Canada Day Parade downtown, where President Danny Doyle will be wearing it proudly within the Montreal Irish contingent for all to see.
Ken Quinn, Historian
PRESIDENT’S CHAIN OF OFFICE
The Chain of Office was designed by John Loye (President 1934-1957). John Loye was a historian, writer, draftsman, and commercial artist. He was a founding member of the United Irish Societies and the Canadian Railroad Historical Society and an avid member of the Montreal Antiquarian and Numismatic Society.
DESCRIPTION OF THE CHAIN OF OFFICE
Twelve individual shamrocks are linked together, leading to four links of the four provinces of Ireland.
On one side an arm and hand holding a blade on a blue background. with the arm and hand holding a blade on a blue background. On the other side, a black eagle on a white background.
Three crowns on a blue background
Upper section bears a red cross and the lower section has a red hand on a white background.
The links are joined to a middle plate containing a similar castle and Irish wolfhound on both sides. In the centre of these is a blue shield with a harp. Emanating from the background are simulated sunrays. Below this is a banner with the inscription “Faith and Fatherland”. Hanging below the middle plate is the Celtic Cross.