Laois (county)

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Arms (crest) of Laois (county)

Official blazon

Or on a chevron gules between in chief two fountains and in base a lion rampant sable sever ermine spots argent. With the motto : I bpáirt leis an bpobal.


The arms were officially granted on June 16, 1998.

The chevronels or inverted V's, rising towards the top of the shield represent the Slieve Bloom Mountains and the Rock of Dunamaise and are charged with seven ermine spots representing the seven leading families or 'tribes' of Laois. The heraldic fountains of white and blue represent the source and beginning of the rivers Nore and Barrow. The fountains are also a mark of the county, showing its colours of white and blue.

The lion rampant in base is that of Ó Mordha, Kings of Laois. The background is gold, the colour of the Ó Mordha lion and stars.The motto "I báirt leis an bpobal" means "Together with the People".

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