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.