St. Patrick’s Day Banner Flags

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on March 17, and you still have time to order one of the great banner flags available at unbeatable prices at the United States Flag Store’s online store. If you’ve purchased a flag from us before, you know that they’re made in the United States from the highest quality materials and feature vibrant colors and beautiful designs. Check out a few of the great flags we have available for St. Patrick’s Day.

The St. Patrick’s Day Decorative Banner Flag is a great way to decorate your home for the holiday. The flag features a rainbow background with a large clover front and center. Inside the clover, there is a large pot of gold with coins flying out of it. The pot of gold is also wearing a green leprechaun hat and green high-heeled shoes. This flag is made from 100% nylon, measures 28 inches by 40 inches, is designed for vertical display, and is truly a unique design. Order one today for only $7.50!

Show off your Irish enthusiasm with the Happy St. Patrick’s Day Applique Banner Flag! This beautiful green flag is scattered with shamrocks, some even hanging off the flag, along with a Happy St. Patric’ks Day message in the middle. It is readable from both sides and measures 28″ x 40″

Flag of Ireland

The flag of Ireland was officially adopted in 1919 when Ireland gained its independence from Great Britain. The flag is rectangular with three vertical stripes: a green stripe on the left side, a white stripe in the middle, and an orange stripe on the right.

The colors and design of the Irish flag have clear symbolism and historical context. The green stripe on the flag represents the Gaelic tradition, the majority of Ireland’s population and the group of revolutionaries that fought for Ireland’s independence.  The orange stripe stands for William of Orange—the king of England and Ireland—and his supporters.  These supporters were overwhelmingly Protestant, loyal to the British government, and often found conflict with the Gaelic Irish majority.  The white in the center represents a truce, and more importantly, peace, between the two major Irish traditions.

The origin of the Irish flag dates back to the rivalry between the Gaelic and Orange Irish traditions.  The Gaelic Irish began using a green flag with a harp on it in the mid seventeenth century, and shortly after, the color green—and the harp—became widely associated with the Gaelic people.  The Protestants, who organized the Orange Order, founded their kingdom in 1795, and the two traditions fought each other in the Irish Rebellion of 1798.  In the mid-nineteenth century, many Irish nationalists began to spread the idea of making peace between these two traditions in order to have an independent Irish nation.

The use of green, white, and orange colors together was first exhibited during the French Revolution, when Irish supporters wore cockades, rosettes, and badges featuring this tricolor to celebrate.  In 1848, a group of French women gave the first version of the Irish flag to Thomas Francis Meagher, a Young Ireland leader, and he displayed the flag from publicly for the first time during a public address celebrating the French Revolution. Although the tricolor flag was often displayed alongside the French tricolor during this period, the green Gaelic flag was most often used until the Easter Rising, which began the Irish revolution in 1916.

Ireland (Irish) Flag

The national flag of Ireland has three vertical stripes with the colors of green (at the hoist), white, and orange. As such, it’s often known as the tricolor. The green is said to represent the Gaelic tradition, the orange is for supporters of William of Orange, and the white in the center signifies a lasting truce between the green and the orange; thus living in peace.

Irish FlagThe flag was previously the flag of the Irish Free State and it was adopted in 1919 unilaterally during the war of independence by the Irish Republic. Subsequently, the Irish Free State also adopted the flag and later it was given constitutional status in 1937 by the Constitution of Ireland. Many nationalists feel the flag is the national flag of Ireland and as such is flown (controversially) in Northern Ireland by nationalists and the Gaelic Athletic Association.

Some protocols for the Irish Flag

  • The flag should never touch the ground, trail in water, or become tangled in any obstacles.
  • When the flag has become worn or frayed, it should no longer be used.
  • It should be displayed in the open only between sunrise and sunset, except for its use during certain events and then only for the duration of the vent.
  • The flag should never be defaced.
  • It should always be treated with respect.
  • The flag should not be draped on cars, trains, boats, or other modes of transportation.
  • It should not be carried flat, rather it should be aloft and free; except when used to drape a coffin.

It is the general practice to fly the national flag daily at all military posts and from a restricted number of significant state buildings. The European flag is flown alongside the national flag on all official buildings and in most locations where the Irish flag is flown over buildings. The national flag is often flown at half-mast on the death of a national or international figure on all prominent government buildings equipped with a flag pole. When the national flag is flown at half-mast, no other flag should be flown at half-mast.

History of the Irish Flag

Did you know Ireland has had two national flags? They are the Green Flag and the Tricolor Flag. One flag is green with a harp and the other is tricolored with green, orange, and white.

Ireland National Flag
Ireland National Flag

The current Irish flag is a tricolor of green, white and orange. It has three colors of equal size and vertically disposed with the green displayed next to the staff. Some say that the flag is gold as opposed to orange, from the gold harp on the original Green Flag.

This confusion arose in the 1916-22 period when the tricolor flag, which had previously been marginal and little known, was superseding the Green Flag as the national emblem. Green and gold, the colors of the Green Flag, were regarded as the national colors throughout the nineteenth century and some of the homemade tricolors from the 1916-22 period were in fact green, white and gold. There are also some songs from that period that refer to ‘green, white and gold’ flags and this helped to keep the concept alive, but the symbolism of the green, white and orange dates from 1848.

Thomas Francis Meagher first introduced the Tricolor Flag during the revolutionary year, 1848 as an emblem of the Young Ireland movement, and it was often seen displayed at meetings alongside the French tricolor.

The green represents the older Gaelic and Anglo-Norman population, while the orange represents the Protestant planters, supporters of William of Orange. The meaning of the white was well expressed by Meagher when he introduced the flag. He stated, “The white in the center 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 heroic brotherhood.”

Erin Go Bragh Flag
Erin Go Bragh Flag

This flag did not come into general usage until the War of Independence (1919-1921). Prior to this, the green flag with gold harp was the main symbol of nationalism. It was not until the Rising of 1916, when it was raised above the General Post Office in Dublin that the tricolor came to be regarded as the national flag, but only at the creation of the first House of Representatives /Commons did the current Tricolor become widely recognized as a national flag.

Show your  spirit with an Ireland Flag.  Even you are not of Irish descent it does not matter. Don your green apparel and shamrocks and have fun!