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National Flag Day, an initiative of The Thomas F. Meagher Foundation, will be celebrated on Wednesday  16th March 2022 encouraging second-level children to engage in active citizenship and inclusivity, reinforcing the positive message behind the Irish Flag and also providing an opportunity to celebrate the flags of all nationalities within the school community.  Read more and watch an informational video here.

To mark the occasion, which falls on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, second level students throughout the country have been invited to participate in a flag raising ceremony at their own schools.   Flag Day resource packs which are posted out in early March, include educational resources for teachers and students, as well as a complimentary Irish Flag which will be sent to schools who register by 4th february 2022. To register schools simply email the foundation on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The aim of the Thomas Francis Meagher Foundation, which is named after the man who first flew the Irish flag over 33 the Mall, Waterford in 1848, is to educate school children that the Irish Flag holds aloft our aspirations to be a peaceful country where all traditions are respected and reconciled.

In 1848 Thomas F. Meagher spoke of the meaning of the ‘white’ panel at the heart of the flag joining the green and orange, his dream was that all the people of Ireland, be they Catholic or Protestant, would be united in a lasting a peaceful brotherhood. In his words “The white in the centre signifies a lasting truce between the orange and the green, and I trust that beneath its folds the hands of the Irish Pr     otestant and the Irish Catholic may be clasped in generous and heroic brotherhood.”  

The vision today of the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation, through our work with second-level schools over the past few years, is seeing that dream become a reality – where young people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, genders and sexual orientations have pride in, respect for and live the Irish Tricolour’s message of peace and inclusion. 

Flag Day 16th March 2022