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Plouigneau (Municipality, Finistère, France)


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Flag of Plouigneau - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 25 September 2023

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Presentation of Plouigneau

The municipality of Plouigneau (Breton, Plouigno; 5,082 inhabitants in 2020; 6,482 ha) is a commune in the Finistère department.

Plouigneau has merged in 2019 with the commune of Le Ponthou (200 inhabitants). Plouigneau owes its name to Saint Ignace, a British Cornish monk who had crossed the Channel in the 6th century to settle on Breton coasts.

Plouigneau reportedly dates back to the 6th century. The parish (Breton, "plou") was first mentioned in the 11th century, as parochia Iunau, in St. Tugdual's Vita, and, subsequently, as Ploeigneau (c. 1330) and Plouigneau (1427). The parish is dedicated to its alleged, founder, St. Gwiniau / Winniavus / Igneau / Uniac / Winnoc. Poorly documented, the saint is invoked in Plouigneau for protection against thunder. Source:

Little is known about the founding saint, who is invoked in Plouigneau for protection against thunder.

Olivier Touzeau & Ivan Sache, 18 December 2021

Flag of Plouigneau

In october 2020, Plouigneau adopted a logo, and in 2022, the flag in front of the city hall was white with logo (photo).

Olivier Touzeau, 25 September 2023

Former flag of Plouigneau


Former flag of Plouigneau - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 12 December 2021

The arms of Plouigneau are blazonned Vert a celtic cross bored or. The Celtic cross recalls generalization of the area by monks coming from Ireland, which is represented by the green field.

Ivan Sache , 18 December 2021

The flag is white with the arms, the name of the municipality above in French and, in a smaller font, in Breton ("Plouigno") (photo, 2013; photo).

Olivier Touzeau, 11 December 2021