Coat of Arms
Champions in the Land of the Irish
Fashioned in the Spring of 2007, the O’Neill coat of arms 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.” Taken in part from Psalm 133 - "Behold how good and how beautiful it is when brothers dwell together as one" - it reminds residents of their call to live as 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.”