The Flag of Ireland

The flag of Ireland, also known as the Irish tricolor, consists of three equal vertical bands of green, white, and orange. The green color represents the Gaelic tradition of Ireland, the orange symbolizes the followers of William of Orange in Ireland, and the white in the center signifies the aspiration for peace between them.

The Flag of Ireland

History

The flag of Ireland was first introduced by Thomas Francis Meagher in 1848, who was inspired by the French tricolor. It was not until the Easter Rising of 1916, when it was raised above the General Post Office in Dublin, that the flag gained significant recognition. However, it was only officially adopted as the national flag of the Irish Free State in 1922 following independence from the United Kingdom. Since then, it has come to represent not just the Republic of Ireland, but also Irish nationalism and culture around the world.