DUBLIN CITY COAT OF ARMS – FEMALE FIGURES NOT INCLUDED
Dublin’s Coat of Arms is the identifying emblem of the City of Dublin and has been in use in one form or another for at least 400 years. The full Coat of Arms shows three burning castles on a shield, flanked by two female figures.
One holds a scales depicting Justice (without the usual blindfold), the other a sword representing Law. Each holds an olive branch. Below the shield on a scroll is the motto of the city “Obedientia Civium Urbis Felicitas” which translates as “The Obedience of the citizens produces a happy city”.
The origin of the Coat of Arms is unknown, but there are numerous theories. Three of these include:
The castles are watch towers outside the city walls.
The castle is Dublin Castle and is repeated 3 times because of the mystical significance of the number 3.
The castles are not castles at all, but represent 3 gates into the ancient Viking city.