Today is the 170th birthday of the Irish Tricolour
The Irish Tricolour is the National Flag and ensign of the Republic of Ireland.
Green symbolises Roman Catholics, orange Protestants and white in the centre signifies a lasting peace and hope for union between Protestants and Catholics in Ireland. These sentiments although of their time in the mid 19th century when the political and social landscapes were very different to how it is today are still valued
On March 7th 1848, Thomas Francis Meagher (3 August 1823 – 1 July 1867), Irish Nationalist and Young Irelander, flew the Green, White and Gold flag from the Wolfe Tone Confederate Club at 33 The Mall, Waterford City
In February 1848, in a now famous speech he said: “what strength have I to beat my way towards that bold headland, upon which I have sworn to plant the flag I have rescued from the wreck?”
The Young Irelander was deported to Van Diemen’s Land after a failed rebellion in Ballingarry, Co Tipperary in August 1848. Escaping in 1852 he initially settled in New York. He later served the Union during the American Civil War, fighting in Bull Run and eventually became Acting Governor of Montana. Rare images depict him at various stages through his life
Born in Waterford, his grandfather was from Tullohea, Grangemockler. His mother was a Butler of Ardboy near Kilcash, both in Co Tipperary.