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Araltais in Éirinn
ROYAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND
Per saltire ermine and ermines an open book proper, clasped and surmounted by the royal crown, Or, between four escutcheons, two in pale and two in fess, the escutcheons in pale representing respectively the arms of the Provinces of Leinster and Munster, viz., Leinster - vert an Irish harp, Or, stringed Argent, and Munster - Azure, three antique crowns Or; the escutcheons in fess representing respectively the arms of the Provinces of Ulster and Connaught, viz., Ulster - Or, a cross gules, on an escutcheon argent a dexter hand couped also gules; and Connaught - Per pale argent and azure, on the dexter a dimidiated eagle displayed sable, and on the sinister conjoined therewith at the shoulder a sinister arms embowed proper sleeved of the first, holding a sword erect also proper.
The arms were officially granted on October 7, 1881.
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The arms on a Wills's cigarette card, 1925
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