The tartans shown below are the Connolly Dress Tartan®.
and the Connolly Hunting Tartan®.
They are two tartans exclusive to Clan Connolly
Tartans, in the modern sense, are not Irish. They are
Scottish. But even in Scotland the use of the tartan design to designate a
particular clan, or other social relationship, is relatively modern contrary
to the common perception.
In practical usage, however, the tartan has become a symbol
of the Celts, throughout Celtica and around the world. Clearly, the
Connolly needed to be included in this practice, if not tradition.
Thus, Professor Joseph F. Connolly, II, manager of Clan
Connolly LLC, engaged the services of one of the premier companies in
Scotland to design an appropriate dress and hunting tartan for Clan
Connolly. This having been accomplished, on 14 April 2005 The Scottish
Tartans World Register issued a Certificate of Registration for “Connolly
dress”. A second Certificate of Registration was issued for “Connolly
hunting”. The colors of Connolly Hunting are such that a third registration
– for Connolly Ancient” – was deemed unnecessary by the authorities in
Scotland, as the Connolly Hunting Tartan®
serves as both the hunting design and the ancient design.
Both tartan designs have been copyrighted under international
law. A Certificate, under seal, has been issued by the Register of
Copyrights, United States of America, to that effect. Manufacture or use of
either of these tartans, without the express authority of the holder of this
copyright, is a criminal offense. It is the intention of the copyright
holder to defend the exclusive right to the use of these tartans.
Clan Connolly LLC plans to establish a worldwide registry of
members of Clan Connolly. As a benefit of such registration, the registrant
will be authorized to use either of these tartans, for personal use.
The Connolly tartans were the first step in re-establishing
the proper place of the Connolly within the history and social fabric of the
Irish. Something made much more difficult given the displacement of our
tribe from our own holdings red & black by
foreign invasion, and the subsequent diaspora of our tribe to the four
corners of the earth.