Today marks 170 years since the tricolour was first flown.
The flag was raised by Thomas Francis Meagher at 33 The Mall in Waterford on the 7th of March 1848.
This years 1848 Tricolour celebrations in Waterford City had to be cancelled due to the heavy snow.
A Waterford Senator says the words of Thomas Francis Meagher are as relevant today as they were 170 years ago.
Paudie Coffey quoted Thomas Francis Meagher in the Seanad this afternoon. “The White in the centre signifies a lasting truce between the Orange and the Green, and I trust that beneath its folds the hands of the Irish Protestant and the Irish Catholic may be clasped, in generous and heroic brotherhood.” Senator Coffey added “I think we should pause for a second and reflect on those significant words and how they are as relevant today as they were then, and how we should in fact in this Republic respect all traditions and all religions.” He concluded that “we should remember the legacy that Thomas Francis Meagher, a Waterford man, has left this country.”
Today marks 170 years since the Irish tricolour was first flown publicly.
— President of Ireland (@PresidentIRL) March 7, 2018
So proud of the fact #Irish #Tricolour was first flown 170 Years Ago #OTD by #ThomasFrancisMeagher at the #WolfeTone Club 33 The Mall @WaterfordCityCt 💙⚪️🔵🇮🇪 He was born @GranvilleWford & later arrested for high #treason at where is now #Sabai restaurant pic.twitter.com/o7BI3NA0S6
— Eddie Mulligan (@MulliganEddie) March 7, 2018