Coat of Arms
Champions in the Land of the Irish
Fashioned in the Spring of 2007, the O’Neill coat of arms is one of a number of “new traditions” in our hall.
It presents the name of the hall, and the year of its founding, along with two Latin quotes. On the lower left, the words “Mobilium turba Quiritium” come from Horace (65BC – 8BC), the leading Roman poet of his time, and are literally translated as “a crowd of inconsistent citizens,” but are thought to be the origin of the word “mob.” O’Neill Hall’s nickname on campus is “The Mob.” On the lower right side are the words “Fratres in Unum,” which translates from Latin as “Brothers as One.” We come to Notre Dame and to O’Neill as nothing more than a scattered mob, but each new class of first years is completely assimilated by the upperclassmen, and soon we are all O’Neill brothers in one family.
In the O’Neill display case near the lobby is the official crest of the O’Neill family, and we take some of its features for our crest. The name “O’Neill” literally means “champion,” and the red hand on the upper left side of the shield is a symbol of the O’Neill family motto, “the red hand of Ireland in defiance,” sometimes given as “the red hand of Ireland forever.”