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Patrick Michael O'Shea

Registration number 20081209C

This certifies that the heraldic arms of Patrick Michael O'Shea which honor his great grandfather Michael Joseph O'Shea (1889-1971) are registered and described by the blazon below

Arms: Per bend indented, Or and Azure, two fleurs-de-lis each ensigned with an ancient crown counterchanged.
Crest: On a wreath Or and Azure, an antique harp Or stringed Sable.
Motto: QUAERITE VERITATEM (Seek ye the truth)
Badge: A fleur-de-lis ensigned with an ancient crown, both Or.


1993/1998 American College of Heraldry

Descent from honored armiger

  • Father: Martin William O'Shea, b. 1942, Manchaug, Massachusetts
  • GFather: Martin Edward O'Shea, 1915-1999, Manchaug, Massachusetts
  • 1GGFather: Michael Joseph O'Shea, 1889-1971, Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Biographical information

Born 15 February 1967, Worcester, Massachusetts. B.Mus., summa cum laude, vocal performance, Shenandoah Conservatory (1989), M.Mus., choral conducting, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1990), D.M.A., choral conducting, Arizona State University (1995). 1995-1997, Visiting Assistant Professor of Choral Music, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas; 1997-present, Director of Choirs, Saint Mary's University, Winona, Minnesota. Conductor, composer and university educator.

Design rationale

The arms are a variant of arms granted to Odoneus O'Shee of Drangan by Clarencieux in 1381, with sufficient differences to avoid a claim of direct descent. The 1381 arms are those traditionally associated with the Irish patronymic name O'Shea and variants Shea, Shay, O'Shee, etc.

Historical note

The 1993 registration with the American College of Heraldry was to Dr. Patrick O'Shea. In 1998, the registration was extended to the armiger's great-grandfather, Michael Joseph O'Shea (1889-1971) of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and his descendants.

Registered by

Patrick Michael O'Shea


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