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The national flag of Ireland (Irish: bratach na hÉireann / suaitheantas na hÉireann) is a vertical tricolour of green (at the hoist), white, and orange. It is also known as the Irish tricolour. The flag proportion is 1:2 (length twice the width). The green represents the Gaelic tradition while the orange represents the supporters of William of Orange. The white in the centre signifies a lasting truce between the 'Green' and the 'Orange'.

First introduced by Thomas Francis Meagher in 1848 (171 years ago), it was not until the Easter Rising of 1916 (103 years ago), when it was raised above the General Post Office in Dublin, that the tricolour came to be regarded as the national flag. Meagher was the son of Newfoundland-born mayor of Waterford, Thomas Meagher Jr, and his flag was inspired by the similarly-symbolic Newfoundland Tricolour created in 1843 (176 years ago).

The flag was adopted in 1919 (100 years ago) by the Irish Republic during its war of independence, and subsequently by the Irish Free State (1922–1937), later being given constitutional status under the 1937 (82 years ago) Constitution of Ireland. The tricolour is regarded by many nationalists as the national flag of the whole island of Ireland. Thus it is flown (often controversially) by many nationalists in Northern Ireland as well as by the Gaelic Athletic Association. It is similar to the Flag of Côte d'Ivoire, but that flag is shorter and the colours are reversed.


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