The Irish Tricolour flag was first flown publicly in Ireland by Thomas Frances Meagher at 33 The Mall, Waterford on March 7th 1848. The Irish Tricolour has inspired generations of Irish people since its conception in 1848. Although the flag didn’t see the light of day again until it was raised above the GPO in 1916, so poignant was its symbolism that its message still prevailed over half a century later, as it does today.
This event is commemorated annually in Waterford at the 1848 Flag Commemoration. See http://www.1848tricolour.com for further details on the event.
The Irish Tricolour Flag is permanently flown from 33 The Mall and there is a blue plaque noting the importance of the building. The tricolour was eventually recognised as Ireland’s national flag in 1937.
Thomas Frances Meagher had travelled to France in April of 1848 and on his return, at a meeting in Dublin on the 15th of April he presented a fabulous version of the Tricolour made from the finest French silk to the citizens of Ireland.
He said: “…I trust that the old country will not refuse this symbol of a new life from one of her youngest children. I need not explain its meaning. The quick and passionate intellect of the generation now springing into arms will catch it at a glance. The white in the centre signifies a lasting truce between the “orange” and the “green” and I trust that beneath its folds, the hands of the Irish Protestant and the Irish Catholic may be clasped in generous and heroic brotherhood…”
This was a hugely important moment in the history of Ireland and is one of the many fascinating stories in Ireland’s Ancient East.
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