Thomas Francis Meagher and Tricolour Celebration Ceremony

Thomas Francis Meagher & Tricolour Celebration Ceremony

On the 7th of March 1848, Thomas Francis Meagher flew a Tricolour flag at the Wolf Tone Club 33 The Mall, Waterford City, where it flew continuously for eight days and nights before being removed by the authorities.

The Tricolour was presented as a gift in 1848 to Thomas Francis Meagher from a small group of French women sympathetic to the Irish cause was intended to symbolise the inclusion and hoped-for union between Roman Catholics (symbolised by the green colour) and Protestants (symbolised by the orange colour).

“The white in the centre signifies a lasting truce between the ‘Orange’ and the ‘Green’, and I trust that beneath its folds, the Irish Protestant [the ‘Orange’] and the Irish Catholic [the ‘Green’] may be clasped in generous and heroic brotherhood.” – Thomas Francis Meagher

His words, spoken in 1848, still have significance and relevance in the Ireland of today.

Thomas Francis Meagher & Tricolour Celebration Ceremony
3 March 2024, The Mall, Waterford

This is an open invitation to Veteran Assoc/Groups/Org’s to parade with their members & pennants in celebration of our National Flag.

Dress: Assoc/Groups/Org uniform/neat civilians with medals & white gloves

Timings Approx.

1140 hrs    Parade forms up at The Granville Hotel, Quayside, Waterford
1157 hrs    Parade arrives at The Mall
1200 hrs   Ceremony commences
1230 hrs   Ceremony concludes
1240 hrs   Refreshments

The ceremony will include and wreath laying, a Veteran Guard of Honour and a Naval Flag Raising Party.