Colors of Ireland’s Flag…

Republic of Ireland flag

A flag is a symbol of a nation — of people united. And for thousands of years, men have marched into battle waving their flag, be it for their clan, country, or both.

A very important emblem…one which invokes powerful feelings.

Each color on Ireland’s flag represents a meaning: green stands for the Catholics and symbolizes Irish republicanism dating back to the Society of United Irishmen in the 1790’s. The orange represents the Protestants — supporters of William of Orange who settled in Northern Ireland in the late 17th century. And the white represents peace between these two groups of people.

It wasn’t until the Easter Rising of 1916, when it was raised above the General Post Office in Dublin, that the tricolor came to be regarded as the national flag.

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6 comments


  1. Marilyn Munro

    I have never been to Ireland but my daughter had her honeymoon there and loved it.

    • For me, it was a surreal adventure…from the moment I stepped off the ferry, to crying as I said good-bye with the Wicklow Mountains in the distance. I loved the land, people, and long to return. The Highlands of Scotland have the same pull, but it was Ireland that tugged at my mystical side.

      How wonderful for your daughter, Marilyn… 🙂

  2. Cutieb

    I did not know the meaning behind Ireland’s flag! Very interesting. Thank you for the bit of trivia.

    • You’re welcome, Cutieb! Each flag, including our own country, has such a unique story behind the colors and/or designs. I’m always fascinated when I learn something new, too. 🙂

  3. Leah Weller

    I didn’t know the meaning behind the colors. Thank you for sharing that. My family from Germany were in a group of Protestants in the Palatine Immigration of 1710 that were divided, some going to Ireland, some to America, some staying in England. My branch went to America. Sean’s grandmother had traced the Nagle line back to County Cork but I’m not sure how far back she got.

    England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, and France are on my bucket list.

    Loved the video!!!

    • Fascinating about your heritage, Leah. Just imagine if they had traveled elsewhere, right? And it sounds like you and Sean should plan that trip to Ireland with a stopover in Scotland. You could label it as “research.” 🙂 But then you could get distracted and travel into Wales, bump into England, sail across the channel into France and wind up in Germany. Oh the places you’ll go… 🙂

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