Thomas F Meager Foundation

What we do?

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.



About Us

Learn more about the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation, our aims and objectives.



More about our events to promote awareness of the Tricolour.



Learn more about our awards and scholorships programmes.



Thomas F. Meagher

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.


About Thomas F. Meagher



Our Partners

Flag Day 2019 - 15th March

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 2019 ar 15 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.

Flag Day 2019 Badge

Flag Day 2019 Badge


Schools’ Tricolour Presentation Event 2015

On March 12th, 2015, the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation held the first school’s presentation event, which took place in Waterford at the Kingfisher Club, with a speech by our special guest of honour, President Michael D. Higgins.


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Click here to read the president's speech.


Nearly 300 schools took part in the event where they will all received an Irish flag that has flown from 33 The Mall, Waterford, Where Thomas F. Meagher flew the first tricolour flag in 1848.

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With the participation of schools from all over Ireland, it truly was an incredible day.

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More photos, including the individual schools photos, can be found in the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation album, with the password 123

Don’t worry if you are a school who couldn’t attend this year, we will be hosting another event next year to present the other secondary schools in Ireland with a Tricolour too!

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Ballingeary Joinery (Earrai Adhmaid Teo)

Bance Nolan LTD

Bellissimo Café

Brownes Photography

CK Signs

Clem Jacob Hire

Copperhouse Gallery

Every Event

Fashion Flo

Frontline AV


Joanne Grant Photography

Kingfisher Club

Mr. Jimmy Nolan

Powerhouse PR

RTE Archives

Sheen Falls Lodge


The Granville Hotel

Tile Films

Typemasters printing

Waterford Treasures


With Special Thanks to

Mary Kennedy

Molly Stirling & Greg French

Kieran Doyle

Siobhan Grant

Cllr. Eddie Mulligan

Nick Cavanagh


And our wonderful volunteers from

Waterford Comhairle Na nÓg

The Civil Defence

1848 Tricolour Celebration Committee

An Garda Síochána

The Defence Forces

The 69th Regiment of the U.S. Army



"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."


Former President of Ireland Mary McAleese


Our Education Partners

Our Board