1848 Tricolour Celebration, 2 – 4 March 2018

1848 Tricolour Celebration
Venue: The Mall, Waterford

The Irish Tricolour, the nation’s flag, was first flown in Waterford City at 33 The Mall by Thomas Francis Meagher, a leader in the political and social movement Young Ireland in 1848. It would be many years before it official became the flag of the Irish Free State and later the Republic.

The 1848 Tricolour Celebration commemorates 170 years since the flag, inspired by the tricolour flags of France and Newfoundland, was first unveiled with three days of events from the Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March.

There will be a blessing of the bonnets at Faithlegg Church at the grave of Thomas Francis Meagher on Friday. This is part of the Bonnet Project, spearheaded by Dr Christina Henri which raises awareness of the 25,000 Irish women transported to Australia between the late 18th and mid-19th century.

On Saturday there are guided tours to local attractions as well as talks at the Wexford Treasures Museum, a Tricolour Gala Dinner in the evening at the Granville Hotel.

Sunday rounds off the weekend with a wreath-laying at the Clooney Monument in Ballybricken Church, and a ceremonial flag-raising event at The Mall in Waterford.

Free – €50

Self catering accommodation at Seacliff Holiday Homes, Dunmore East is the perfect location for all events within County Waterford.

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