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Raising the Flag and the Thomas Meagher Foundation

17-March-21
Raising the Flag and the Thomas Meagher Foundation

“A National flag is the most sacred thing a nation can possess “

The words of Thomas Meagher creator of the Irish tri colour.

Yesterday March 16 our Fifth year history class led by history teachers Ms Gallery and Mr Mulqueeney, paid tribute to our National flag's creator and the Thomas Meagher Foundation, a day ahead of St Patrick’s day.

Francis Fogarty 5th year, raised the flag as fellow classmates and musicians Aine Hegarty on concertina and Nathan Brody on timber flute, accompanied Lucy King on vocals preformed our national anthem "Amhrán na bhFiann"

It was recounted that when Thomas Meagher first flew the tricolour in Waterford on 7 March 1848, it was a display of National identity. It was later flown over the GPO during the 1916 Rising and was adopted as the flag of the Irish Free State in 1922, and formally confirmed as the National flag in the 1937 constitution.

Meagher stated, “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.”

Today the national flag symbolises the inclusion of and the aspiration for unity between all the people of Ireland, of different traditions united on one island of Ireland.

Well done to all our students involved in this beautifully respectful and memorable event.

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