Thomas Francis Meagher Illustration
176th Anniversary Tricolour Celebration

Celebrating the 176th Year of our National Flag

On the 7th of March 1848, Thomas Francis Meagher flew a Tricolour flag at the Wolf Tone Club 33 The Mall, Waterford City, where it flew continuously for eight days and nights before being removed by the authorities.

The Tricolour was presented as a gift in 1848 to Thomas Francis Meagher from a small group of French women sympathetic to the Irish cause was intended to symbolise the inclusion and hoped-for union between Roman Catholics (symbolised by the green colour) and Protestants (symbolised by the orange colour).

The Thomas Francis Meagher 176th Anniversary Tricolour Celebration is a historic event taking place in the city of Waterford, Ireland from March 1st to March 3rd, 2024. This commemoration marks the life and legacy of Thomas Francis Meagher, an Irish American Patriot who played a pivotal role in Ireland’s struggle for independence.

The 176th Tricolour Anniversary Celebration

Reflecting on a Weekend of Heritage and Unity

Waterford has proudly concluded its heartfelt 176th Tricolour Anniversary Celebration, marking a weekend rich with history, culture, and community spirit. From the immersive Thomas Francis Meagher Walking Tour to the harmonious melodies at the gala dinner, and the inspiring Military Parade, the city exuded the values Thomas Francis Meagher envisioned for Ireland. We extend our deepest gratitude to all participants who helped embody unity, freedom, and peace. To relive these memorable moments and experience the celebration through vivid imagery, we invite you to view our gallery of the event's highlights. Join us in honoring the legacy of Meagher and the Tricolour that continues to unite us all.

I trust that the old country will not refuse this symbol of a new life from one of her youngest children. I need not explain its meaning. The quick and passionate intellect of the generation now springing into arms will catch it at a glance. 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

Thomas Francis Meagher
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2024 Tricolour Celebration Program

Come celebrate with us for three exciting days as we honour the 176th anniversary of the Irish Tricolour flag and its rich history. Join us as we celebrate this momentous occasion.


Thomas Francis Meagher Walking Tour, Granville Hotel – 6PM

Visit sites associated with the life and career of Thomas Francis Meagher in Waterford starting with his birthplace at the Granville Hotel and concluding at the Sabai Restaurant at 7PM, his home where he was arrested in July 1848.


Peace Vigil – 8PM

Join Musical Director Dr. Phil Brennan and the Island of Ireland Peace Choir at Edmund Rice Chapel, Mount Sion, Barrack St., Waterford for a night to remember.


Thomas Francis Meagher Public Talks Series, Waterford Museum – 10AM – 2PM

A series of talks from our esteemed speakers and guests on the importance of the Tricolour and its impact on the people of Ireland. Venue: Medieval Museum, Waterford.

Thomas Francis Meagher Gala Dinner, Granville Hotel – Drinks Reception 6:30PM / Dinner 7:30PM

Distinguished ambassadors and guests gather to honour Thomas Francis Meagher, with performances from Dordán Choir and Late Late Toy Show Star, Stevie Mulrooney. (Black Tie)


Military Parade, Wreath Laying & Flag Raising Ceremony, Waterford Crystal Plaza – 12PM

Following the Thomas Francis Meagher Fife & Drum Band at the Granville Hotel (11am):

  • Parade of Veterans led by The De La Salle Scout Pipe Band

  • Barrack Street Concert Band

  • Wreath Laying Ceremony

  • Thomas Francis Meagher Oration

  • Tricolour Flag Raising Celebration

  • National Anthem performed by Late Late Toy Show Star Stevie Mulrooney

Harmony and Heritage

Witness Stevie Mulrooney at Waterford's Tricolour 176th Anniversary Celebration!

Experience a piece of history as 8-year-old vocal sensation Stevie Mulrooney honours our heritage at the Thomas Francis Meagher Tricolour Celebration in Waterford.

Mark your calendars for a weekend of remembrance and pride, starting March 1st. Don't miss Stevie's moving performance at our gala on March 2nd, and join the community on Sunday, March 3rd, at the Mall — where the tricolour first flew.

Embrace the spirit of Ireland as we commemorate the past and inspire the future. It's your call to join in a tribute to unity and freedom. Be part of this momentous occasion.
Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards 2024

We're Shortlisted! Show Your Support for the Tricolour Celebration Event

Vote now for the Thomas Francis Meagher Tricolour Celebration Event in the People's Choice Award at the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards 2024. Join us in honoring this remarkable event that celebrates our heritage and community spirit. Your vote can help highlight the significance of the Tricolour Celebration in Waterford's vibrant cultural landscape.


We're elated to announce the success of our recent Press and Programme Launch for the Thomas Francis Meagher Tricolour Celebration. The evening was a heartfelt tribute to our heritage and a fantastic kick-off for the upcoming commemoration events.

Explore the excitement and preview the special moments captured. Join us as we look forward to honoring the legacy of Thomas Francis Meagher with a weekend full of enriching and celebratory activities.
Coat of Arms Design Competition

Are you ready to show off your creativity?

Join the Children’s Art Competition and design a coat of arms to commemorate Thomas Francis Meagher and the Irish tricolour! All primary school children in Waterford are welcome to enter. You could win a €30 voucher for the Book Centre and have your artwork shared on social media. Deadline is 31st March 2024, so get designing now!
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