Monday, June 12, 2023

1848 Poster - Orange, Green... and Blue?

This poster is in the collection of the National Library of Ireland (link here), a meeting held in April 1848, months before the 'Young Ireland Rebellion' of July 1848. The colour scheme is not accidental. The Young Irelander Thomas Francis Meagher had unveiled his proposed tricolour flag for Ireland on 7th March 1848 (which had a Red Hand of Ulster in the white third) – soon after, one of his friends created an amended one – which was widely used at large public rallies for some years after.

No white in it.

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