Thomas F Meager Foundation

What we do?

The Thomas Francis Meagher Foundation was established in 2013 to promote pride in and respect for the Irish Flag and the understanding of its symbolism and meaning for peace.

in particular among Young People of all backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, genders and sexual orientation to have pride in, respect for and live the Irish tricolour message of peace and inclusion.

It is important that all the young people of Ireland are made aware of the flag’s message, and are fully included in the process of making it a reality by making a significant and meaningful contribution as active citizens.

Each year, we send out a fundraising pack to each of our registered schools, which include flag lapel pins for the students to sell to raise funds for a charity or project of their choice. We also provide schools with an irish flag flown from 33 The Mall, waterford and plans for how to celebrate Flag Day, plus lots more.



About Us

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


Flag Day

Information about Flag Day.



Learn more about our awards and scholarship 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 - 16th March – The eve of St. Patrick’s Day in your school.

The Foundation are encouraging all registered second level schools to raise our flag along with the flags of all the nationalities in our school communities. Let’s come together under the Irish Tricolour and let’s fuel hope through our flags meaning for peace, diversity and inclusion.

Ta an Fhonduireacht ag spreagadh scoileanna uile ata claraithe ag an dara leibhéal, ár mbratach a ardú mar aon le bratacha na naisiunaithe uile áta in ár bpobal scoile. Tagaimis le chéile fé bhratach tridhathach na hÉireann agus bimis fé chomharthai ar mbrathacha, ag cothú an dochais don siochain, don éagsúlacht agus don ionchuimsitheacht.

Flag Day 2019 Badge

Flag Day 2019 Badge


"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 and Challenge Partners

Our Board