Tuesday, March 6, 2012

What do the colors of the Irish flag represent?

The Irish flag was introduced by Thomas Francis Meagher in 1848. The green represents the Irish people, most of whom most are Catholic. The orange color represents the British supporters of William of Orange who settled in Northern Ireland in the 17th century most of whom are Protestant. The white in the center represents the peace between the two groups. Thomas Meagher on the meaning of the Irish flag said, "The white in the center 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 heroic brotherhood."

* Be sure to show your Irish spirit and love of the library while the library marches in the 53rd annual Friendly Son’s of Saint Patrick Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday March 11th.

Source: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/europe/ireland/flag.shtml