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 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. 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 plans for how to celebrate Flag Day, and flags flown from 33 The Mall. 



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 2020 - The Eve of St Patrick's Day in your school

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


2020 Awards & Scholarship Criteria

2020 Awards & Scholarship Criteria


Awards and Scholarship Criteria



Competition Rules

  1. The competition is open to all students from registered schools who take part in Flag Day 2020.
  1. Students must enter the competition as individuals.
  1. Entries must be based on the topic “What it is like to live in Ireland in 2020 and what does the flag's message of peace mean to me”.

4.All entries must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or sent by post to Reverend Michael Cavanagh, The Rectory, Kenmare, County Kerry.

5.Deadline for entries is Monday April 6th.


Entry Format

Entries can be made in any of the following formats:

  1. Video (no longer than 2 minutes)
  1. Typed Essay (no longer than 500 words)
  1. Poem
  1. Picture
  1. Artwork

Special Awards for events held for Flag Day 2020, to enter submit 1 page outlining activities alongside photographs/video where possible.

This outline could include;

  1. Knowledge demonstrated of the history of the flag and commitment to the message of the Meagher Foundation of Pride in, Respect for the Flag and active citizenship including  activities you/your class/your school took part in to celebrate Flag Day on March 15th, 2020.
  1. Details of the money raised by you/your class/ your school from the sale of the Thomas F Meagher Foundation lapel pins and for what charity or project this money was raised for.



"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