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



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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


Flag Ceremony for all City and County Councils 2014

Irish Flags which had flown from 33 The Mall, Waterford from where Thomas F. Meagher flew the first Tricolour were presented by the city’s Mayor in conjunction with the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation.


The presentation took place at the 1848 Tricolour Celebration on the 1,100th anniversary of the City to every Mayor and Chairperson of all City and County Councils in the State for display in their Council Chambers. A school from each county were also presented with a Tricolour to mark the occasion.

Flag Presentation to Louth County Council Chief Executive


Presented in conjunction with the Thomas F. Meagher foundation at the 1848 Tricolour Celebrations 2014, by the Mayor of Waterford City Councillor John Cummins on the 1,100 anniversary of the founding of the city. This flag was presented to Joan Martin, Chief Executive, Louth County Council by Senator Mark Daly.

Here you can find some pictures of the current displays of the Irish Flag at different County Chambers:


"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


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