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GPO Witness History is delighted to feature the first ever permanent exhibition on the Irish flag to commemorate the 170th anniversary of the first flying of the Irish Tricolour.

This exhibition includes details on the history of the flag, Thomas F. Meagher – who first flew it at 33 The Mall in Waterford in 1848, and also information on the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation which promotes pride in and respect for the Irish flag and active citizenship.

The flag was originally given to Thomas F. Meagher in 1848 by French women who were sympathetic to the Irish cause.

During the 1916 Easter Rising the green, white and orange flag was hoisted aloft at the GPO on Easter Monday as a signal of both national freedom and unity.

Our national flag is an emblem of peace and as Thomas F. Meagher stated  in 1848 “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 Protestant and the Irish Catholic may be clasped, in generous and heroic brotherhood”

At the award winning GPO Witness History visitors also learn about modern Irish History including the 1916 Easter Rising.  History is brought to life through electronic touch screens, video, audio visual booths, sound and authentic artefacts.