Saturday September 26, 2020

Colette O’Flaherty: Chief Herald of Ireland

Heraldry is basically a picture of your surname. A coat of arms is a heritable piece of property. It can be passed down to new generations.

1st February, 2015
Collette O’Flaherty.

The coat of arms you see in gift shops is a representation of a coat of arms of someone of that surname. It doesn’t belong to everyone of the surname. It belongs to a particular grantee and their direct descendants only.

A coat of arms costs €4,400. There have been 1,020 Grants or Confirmations of Arms made by the office since 1943, when the first Chief Herald was appointed.

The heraldic...

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