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.
Thomas Francis Meagher Walking Tour – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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
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 brotherhoodThomas Francis Meagher