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 irrespective of ethnicity, creed or gender. It is important that all the young people of Ireland including those who constitute the ‘New Irish’ 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.
To promote active citizenship, the Foundation encourages all schools to hold a Flag Day, on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day every year. The Foundation supply participating schools, flag lapel pins, free of charge, along with a fundraising pack to sell for charities or projects of their choosing.
To ensure the message of the Flag’s meaning for peace and the Foundation’s aim of active citizenship working with the Irish Independent and the History Teachers Association a 24 page supplement is produced each year containing lesson plans to be used by schools.
The Foundation is delighted to have worked in partnership with the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in organising 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.
In 2018, the Foundation in partnership with Shannon Heritage and the GPO Witness History Centre, installed the first ever permanent exhibition on the Irish Flag.
To continue developing its aims, the Foundation has linked up with Gaisce as a challenge partner to work with its extensive network of second level teachers and students throughout Ireland.
Learn more about the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation, our aims and objectives.
Information about Flag Day.
Learn more about our awards and scholorships programmes.