Posted by Murrisk on April 17, 2001 at 03:50:45:
On Easter Monday 1916 we acquired our national flag. The Plough and the Stars of the Citizen Army was hoisted over the building that was later replaced by Clerys and a flag of green, white and gold which spelt 'The Irish Republic' was hoisted on a GPO flag pole (there were two) by Princes Street. The rules of the Irish Volunteers stated that the national flag is a gold harp on an emerald green background, however, Irish Volunteer companies were allowed to choose their own pennant. Willie Pearse choose a tricolour of green, white and orange for the Rathfarnham Company based at at Scoil Éanna. The Rathfarnham Company took a tram to the top of Grafton Street and marched from there to the GPO. They asked where they could fly their flag and Connolly told them to fly it on the second flag pole at the Henry Street corner of the GPO. This flag was never recovered but within a year the returning prisoners were greeted with small tricolours. As a footnote, Meagher of the Sword made a tricolour for Ireland after 1848. It had orange by the mast, white in the centre and green in the fly. This, today, is the flag of the Ivory Coast.
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