Office of the Chief Herald FAQs

Listed below are some frequently asked questions about the Office of the Chief Herald.

Who may apply 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.  Subject to those guidelines, arms may be granted as aforesaid 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.

Arms granted by other heraldic authorities to persons who are also eligible for Irish grants of arms may, on application to the Office of the Chief Herald, be confirmed by the Chief Herald.

How do I apply for a grant of arms?

An application for a grant of arms should be made to the Chief Herald on the 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.

Please note that the Chief Herald will not grant on the basis of completed designs submitted by the applicant.

Cé chomh fada agus a thógann sé iarratas ar bhronnadh armais a phróiseáil?

Má dhéantar réamhscrúdú agus más cosúil go bhfuil an t-iarratas déanta i gceart, cuirfear é sin in iúl don iarratasóir. Déanann aralt armais an scéal a mheas go mionn agus téann sé i gcomhairle leis an iarratasóir faoi na dearaí éagsúla a d’fhéadfaí a úsáid. Déantar réamhphéintéireacht ansin agus taispeántar dréacht de na Litreacha Paitinne don iarratasóir. Eisítear an doiciméad deiridh ar veilleam agus áirítear leis eiseamláir lámh-phéinteáilte den armas. Déantar taifead den bhronnadh armais i gClár na nArmas agus is taifead poiblí é ansin.

Bíonn mórchuid ama ag teastáil chun armas a dhearadh agus an doiciméad deireanach a chruthú. Bíonn éagsúlacht ag baint leis an achar ama a thógann sé déileáil le hiarratais éagsúla. D'fhéadfadh sé suas le dhá mhí dhéag a thógáil chun iarratas nua a phróiseáil, rud a bhraithfeadh ar líon na n-iarratas atá déanta agus an méid oibre a bheadh i gceist.

Cé mhéad a chosnaíonn sé?

Bronnadh nó dearbhú armais phearsanta €3300

Údaráis Áitiúla, oifigí agus gníomhaireachtaí Rialtais €5000     

Scoileanna, Clubanna, Cumainn Ghairmiúla
agus Eagraíochtaí neamhbhrabúsacha eile €5000

Comhlachtaí Corparáideacha (Tráchtála) €10000

Caithfear €300 a íoc agus an t-iarratas á chur isteach; tá leath an mhéid atá fós le híoc iníoctha nuair a chuirfear tús le hobair ar an dearadh; agus ní mór an t-iarmhéid a íoc sula gcuirfidh an péintéir araltais tús leis an mbronnadh armais féin.

What is the effect of a grant of arms?

A grant of arms constitutes a license to use the arms, which allows the grantee, according to the traditional formula, to display the arms “on shield or banner or otherwise according to the Laws of Arms”.  The copyright in a grant of arms resides with the Board of the National Library of Ireland.

A grant of arms does not confer any rank or title or have any effect on the right of the person concerned to any property, real or personal.  A grant of arms made to an individual extends to his or her descendants of the name, not to a family as such.


 
An féidir liom leas a bhaint as 'armas mo theaghlaigh'?

Chun an fhírinne bheacht a dhéanamh, níl a leithéid de rud ann agus 'armas teaghlaigh'. Síneann bronnadh armais ar dhuine aonair dá sliocht nó dá shliocht leis an sloinne céanna, seachas don teaghlach.

Is a ‘crest’ the same thing as a ‘coat of arms’?

In heraldry the term ‘crest’ refers only to that part of a full achievement of arms which sits on top of a helmet, and so it should not be used to refer to a whole coat of arms.

Will the Office of the Chief Herald undertake research for me?

The Office of the Chief Herald does not undertake research or searches of material held in the Office for members of the public.

Please refer to the section Commissioning Research for further information on how to commission research from a third party.

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