The arms were
designed in 2018 by the Irish Herald of Arms Michael OíComain.
The red Chinese dragon represents the armigerís strong
connection with the island of Taiwan. The armiger worked as a
Consultant on the Taiwan High-Speed Railway project, both before
and after the railwayís entry into service in 2007. The armiger
was born in the year of the Wood Dragon in the Chinese zodiac.
His official name in Chinese, adopted when his daughter was born
in Taiwan, includes ĎLucky Dragoní (劉瑞龍). The red Chinese dragon
on the shield, with its circular shape, is a charge previously
unknown in Irish heraldry, which required the Herald of Arms to
use innovative blazonry, using globular to describe the dragonís
The parallel lines at the top of the shield represent railway
tracks and are an acknowledgement of the armigerís 25-year
career in the railway industry, as well as many British and
Irish ancestors who worked on the railways, one of whom
tragically lost his life in an accident at Westland Row Station
in Dublin in 1926.
The oak tree in the crest represents the armigerís Bachelorís
degree in environmental science and time spent doing
conservation volunteer work for the National Trust organisation,
whose logo is a sprig of oak leaves and acorns.
The motto Adapt or Perish is a quote from the Victorian science
fiction writer HG Wells who lived in the armigerís adopted home
town in the UK. It refers to the importance of moving with the
times, embracing change and keeping up to date with
technological advances in this fast-changing world.