On the 7th of March 1848 Thomas Francis Meagher unveiled a tricolour flag of orange, white and green in Waterford Ireland. This was the first instance of a Irish tricolour and would later be adopted as the flag of the nation. When asked the meaning of the flag Meagher replied
“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 momentous event has been almost lost to history but will be celebrated for the first time this year in Waterford.
Please visit www.1848tricolour.com for more information.