The design incorporates the shepherd’s staff representing the many pastoral responsibilities of a bishop. The staff-head culminates in the cross of Saint Brigid, one of Ireland’s patron saints, signifying the heritage of the Catholic Church in Ireland.
The background colours are the colours of the liturgical year.
- The colour white represents Easter, Christmas and the other feasts of the year;
- red is the colour associated with Christ’s passion, the Holy Spirit, the apostles and the martyrs;
- green is the colour of Ordinary Time;
- and purple is linked with the preparation seasons of Advent and Lent, as well as the sacrament of reconciliation and prayer for the dead.
The colours green, purple and red are so arranged as to reflect the Patrician symbol of the Trinity, a key theme in the Celtic Christian heritage and in the documents of the Second Vatican Council.
Along with this logo, the words Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference are accompanied by their translation in the Irish language: Comhdháil Easpag Caitliceach Éireann.