Applying for a Grant of Arms

Arms may be granted, at the discretion of the Chief Herald of Ireland, and subject to guidelines laid down from time to time by the Committee on Genealogy and Heraldry and the Board of the National Library of Ireland, to

A citizen of Ireland or a person who has an entitlement to become a citizen.

A person resident in the State for at least the five year period immediately before the date of the application.

A public or local authority, corporate body or other entity which has been located or functioning in Ireland for at least five years.

An individual, corporate body or other entity not resident or located in Ireland but who or which has substantial historical, cultural, educational, financial or ancestral connections with Ireland

Making an application for a Grant of Arms

An application for a grant of arms should be made to the Chief Herald, on a prescribed form, setting out, in the case of a personal application, basic personal information and accompanied by supporting certificates or other appropriate documents. For a grant of arms to a corporate body or other entity, the application should include information about the legal status (if any) of the organisation, its structure, its activities and business, the length of time during which it has operated and, if relevant, information about membership. Where appropriate, a certified copy of the resolution of the Council, Board, or other controlling body should be submitted.

If an application appears to be in order the matter is considered in detail by a herald of arms who will consult with the applicant about possible designs. A preliminary painting is then made for the approval of the applicant who will also be shown a draft of the Letters Patent. The final document is issued on vellum and includes a hand-painted exemplification of the arms. The grant of arms is recorded in the Register of Arms and is a matter of public record.

Grant of Arms - Fees

For a schedule of fees please contact the Office of the Chief Herald at herald@nli.ie

Recent Grants of Arms

A selection of recently granted Grants of Arms is available for viewing online.

Title page of Register of Grants and Confirmations of Arms.
Title page of Register of Grants and Confirmations of Arms.
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