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Flag history… March 8, 2021

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Curious. RTÉ had a report on the Cathaoirleach of the Seanad, FF Senator Mark Daly…

Chair of the Seanad Senator Mark Daly has expressed concern that the national flag is being used by people “for their own ends” which often “contradicts” the very meaning which it represents. In a statement on the 173rd anniversary of when Thomas Meagher first flew the Irish tricolour, Senator Daly said it is “essential – now more than ever” that the true meaning of the national flag is known. 

But it’s not the content that strikes one so much as the caption on the photograph of the tricolour and the paragraph that follows the one above and says:

The tricolour was first flown from 33 The Mall in Waterford City on 7 March 1948. 

And the caption reads:

The tricolour was first flown from The Mall in Waterford City on 7 March 1948

1948 – eh?

What’s more than strange is that the article has a tweet from the President that gets the date right!

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1. EWI - March 8, 2021

The republican tricolour isn’t owned by the southern state – and neither is the name ‘Óglaigh na hÉireann’ (one may as well title oneself the IRB).

Daly going to try to legislate against the tide next week?

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WorldbyStorm - March 8, 2021

In fairness to him, isn’t he quite clear that he’s in favour of a UI and has been pressing FF to do something about it?

Though this is an odd interjection on his part to make.

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Bagatelle's Untrammelled Twinage - March 8, 2021

The date’s been fixed on the RTÉ page.

Picking up on your “odd interjection” observation, I tend towards the view that oddities in behaviour nod in the direction of unspoken or partially hidden motives.

Could it be that this is an attempt to build an argument for retaining the tricolour intact post-re-unificaiton?

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WorldbyStorm - March 8, 2021

I bet you it is. Actually I’m all for that.

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EWI - March 8, 2021

Though this is an odd interjection on his part to make.

He was up the other week bloviating on how there’s only one legitimate ‘Óglaigh na hÉireann’ (actually, there’s a number of organisations claiming the title in recent years, none of them direct descendants). I have assumed that all this is at least tolerated because it serves duty as an anti-Sinn Féin attack line.

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2. CL - March 8, 2021

“THE THOMAS F. MEAGHER FOUNDATION NATIONAL FLAG DAY REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN WAS LAUNCHED THIS WEEK BY PACKIE BONNER, HENRY SHEFFLIN, SANITA PUSPURE AND LORD MAYOR OF DUBLIN, HAZEL CHU.
THE FOUNDATIONS ANNUAL FLAG DAY TAKES PLACE ON MARCH 16TH, 2021”
https://tfmfoundation.ie/news/279-flag-day-2021-launched-by-packie-bonner-sanita-puspure-henry-shefflin-lord-mayor-of-dublin

“Meagher’s willingness to endanger his own life for Ireland’s independence and the American Civil War gives proof of his patriotism. His dark ambition to gain arms and retaliate against the Native American Indians is evidence of a cowboy who sought the popular support of white settlers in the Wild West Territory of Montana.”
https://helenair.com/news/local/nuggets-from-helena-thomas-francis-meagher-was-blend-of-patriot-and-cowboy/article_f5b5a6d8-deef-512a-a1fe-e36df654720a.html

” Like his life, his end was one of high drama, presumably coming after a tumble off a steamboat into the Missouri River. His remains were never found, and his disappearance sparked a rash of rumors, including that he was murdered, had committed suicide, or simply stumbled overboard in a drunken stupor.”
https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/2016/03/05/the-immortal-irishman-was-born-rebel/JG9INL2s8ahtrStokUTtiO/story.html

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