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Flag Ireland 2 X 3

Flag Ireland 2 X 3


Flag Ireland 2 X 3

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The national flag of Ireland (Irish: bratach na hÉireann) is a vertical tricolour of green (at the hoist), white, and orange. It is also known as the Irish tricolour. The flag proportion is 1:2 (length twice the width). Presented as a gift in 1848 to Thomas Francis Meagher from a small group of women sympathetic to the Irish cause, it was not until 1916, when it was raised above the General Post Office in Dublin, that the tricolour came to be regarded as the national flag. Although the flag's meaning is not covered by the Irish Constitution, the Irish government has stated that the green pale in the flag symbolises the Gaelic tradition dating back to the Society of United Irishmen in the 1790s. The orange represents the minority who were supporters of King William III, who was of the House of Orange and had defeated King James II and his predominantly Irish Catholic army at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. His title came from the Principality of Orange that had been a Protestant bastion from the 16th century. It was included in the Irish flag in an attempt to reconcile the Orange Order in Ireland with the Irish independence movement. The white in the centre signifies a lasting truce between the two cultures and a living together in peace. The flag, as a whole, is intended to symbolise the inclusion and hoped-for union of the people of different traditions of Ireland, which is expressed in the Constitution as the entitlement of every person born in Ireland to be part of the independent Irish nation, regardless of ethnic origin, religion or political conviction.

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