Laois County Council Coat of Arms
The Chief Herald of Ireland assigned a coat of arms to Laois County Council on the 16th of June 1998. The Themes incorporated in the shield are, in the words of the Chief Herald:
“..or on a chevron gules between in chief two fountains and in base a Lion rampant sable seven ermine spots argent with the motto :
– Í Bpáirt Leis an Bpobal.”
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.
Laois County Council Crest