The Thomas F. Meagher Foundation was established to promote pride in, respect for the Irish Flag and its true meaning for peace and to promote active citizenship. Through our work with second level schools in Ireland selling Lapel Pins for projects or charities of their choosing and our Awards and scholarship Programme we encourage the young people of Ireland, irrespective of ethnicity, creed or gender to work together under the Irish Tricolour to proclaim and live its message of peace and unity and celebrate the new broader inclusive definition of Irishness.
The Thomas F Meagher Foundation in partnership with the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht organised the second largest event in the 1916 Centenary Celebrations by presenting at an event in Croke Park every second level school in the state with an Irish Flag which was flown from 33 The Mall in Waterford, the building from which Meagher flew a tricolour flag for the first time. The Foundation also worked with the Department of the Taoiseach in updating the protocol guidelines for the display and handling of the national Flag.
The Foundation is named after Thomas Francis Meagher, Irish Patriot, US army general and Governor of Montana who flew the first Tricolour flag on the 7th of March 1848 from 33 The Mall in Waterford at the Wolf Tone Club.
In his relatively short life – he died aged just 43 – much of which was spent outside of Ireland, Thomas Francis Meagher made a significant contribution to both Irish nationalism and to the preservation of the United States and particularly to the assimilation of the Irish into American society.
The Foundation are encouraging all registered second level schools to sell the flag lapin pins to raise money for a project or charity of their choosing, we are encouraging the young people of Ireland Irrespective of ethnicity, creed or gender to work together under the Irish Tricolour and live its message of peace and unity.
Spreagfaidh Lá na Brathaí, a bheidh á chomóradh i 2018 ar 16 Márta, daoine óga na hÉireann chun dul i mbun oibre le chéile faoi Bhratach Thrídhathach na hÉireann ag fógairt agus ag comhlíonadh a teagaisc i leith na síochána agus beag beann ar chíníocha, ar chreideamh nó ar inscne.
Here are the winners of the 2018 Kerry Group Awards & Scholarships.
"The flag is a statement of intent. It holds aloft our aspiration to be a peaceful country where all traditions are respected and reconciled. It flies high to remind us we are not there yet but it is the mission of each generation to bring us nearer to permanent peace one heart at a time. Good wishes to all those involved in the Thomas Francis Meagher Foundation School’s Scholarship and Awards Programme. Our flag flies over one of the best countries in the world and, for all its man-made problems and imperfections, Thomas Francis Meagher would be proud of its noble achievements and ambitions."