Irish Flag

Irish Flag

Flag of the Irish - Description of the Irish Flag

The Republic of Ireland is a state which covers approximately five-sixths of the country. The remaining sixth of the island of Ireland is known as Northern Ireland and is part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The country's official constitutional name is Éire or, in the English language, Ireland. The Republic of Ireland is the official description of the state

Unless otherwise indicated on this page, Ireland refers to the Republic of Ireland

As the above picture of the Irish Flag indicates the Irish tricolour, has three equal vertical bands of Green (hoist side), White and Orange

According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colors. The colors on the Irish flag, however , have modern symbolism and the Meaning & History of the Irish Flag is as  follows:

Green of the Irish Flag - the native people of Ireland (most of whom are Roman Catholic - the Nationalists / Republicans)

Orange of the Irish Flag  - represents the British supporters of William of Orange who settled in Northern Ireland in the 17th century (most of whom are Protestant - the Unionists / Loyalists)

White of the Irish Flag - peace and honesty between the people

All Flag pictures depict flags flying, from the viewer's point of view, from left to right

The shape and flag ratio of the Irish flag is described as 1:2 ( length twice the height )

The Irish tricolour was first used by Irish nationalists in 1848 during the 'Young Ireland' rebellion

The British flag is no longer flown over Parliament Buildings and state offices except on a limited number of 'named days' such as Queen Elizabeth II's official birthday

The Lord Mayor of Belfast displays both the British and Irish flags in his own offices

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