"The Office of the Chief Herald is currently not accepting new applications for grants or confirmations or arms owing to the retirement of the Chief Herald. The application process will resume when a new appointment has been made." So says an announcement on the website of the National Library of Ireland (of which the Office of the Chief Herald is a part).
The full announcement can be found on the website of the National Library at: http://www.nli.ie/en/heraldry-introduction.aspx
7 months ago