Displaying the Irish flag is a simple and powerful way to express your love of Ireland.
The flag is truly representative of the nation it flies over, and is one of the most recognizable of Irish symbols.
Here we will share a few key points about the Flag, and at the end we will offer simple ideas for expressing Irish culture through this unmistakable symbol of Ireland.
The Irish tricolor flag displays 3 equal stripes of orange, white and green.
The orange represents Irish protestants, the green represents Irish Catholics and white stands for the hope of peace between these two groups.
During the time of the Irish Free State (1922 to 1937), the Executive Council adopted the Tricolour as its National flag, a designation that is now formalized in Ireland's constitution.
The Flag is flown daily at certain state buildings and all of the military installations.
It is flown as part of the national holiday for St. Patrick's Day, for Easter Sunday and Monday to remember the "Rising of 1916" and on the National Day of Commemoration which celebrates the truce between Anglo and Irish that took place in 1921.
The Tricolour is also carried by the Olympic athletes for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics.
In 2011, the national flag was flown in Quebec, Canada during the International Sleddog Championship of Canada, in which Ireland was a participant.
There was another national flag of sorts before the current Irish flag colors.
A green flag, containing the emblem of a golden harp was adopted by the Society of United Irishmen during the 1790s. It was carried in various rebellions and battles.
There is still controversy over the flag of Ireland today.
The Nationalists will fly it on Saint Patrick's Day, while some feel that only the Saint Patrick's Flag should fly to represent the whole island.
glad you asked! You can display the Flag in a variety of ways,
from wall hangings to bumper stickers to actual flags. Check out Creative Irish Gifts for ideas.
And there are many more Irish expressions to choose from. You might want to have a look at our section on Irish symbols for more ideas.
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