A week ago there was a gathering in Waterford for a very special event, and even though the weather was very wet it did not dampen the spirits of everyone who attended from some 300 schools. The feedback received has been very positive and we hope has ignited a passion for history and instilled a pride in and respect for our Irish Flag. For those who could attend on the day and receive the Irish flag that had flown at 33 The Mall, where Thomas F Meagher flew the very first Tricolour in 1848. Many of WWETB schools were in attendance on the day.
President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina attended and his words were truly inspiring……
‘We remain indebted to this man who, in 1848, called for “a lasting truce between Orange and Green” to become the enduring symbol of the Irish Nation. This is indeed a vision worth championing, a message of peace we must continue to cherish.’
Today, Friday, the story of the Irish Flag will be told in a 24 page supplement in the Irish Independent, it promises to be a marvellous journal of the Tricolour’s journey from 1848 to modern day, with a special message from President Higgins and contributions from many, many well-known Irish figures from all walks of Irish life.