Waterford Celebrates 176 Years of the Irish Flag with the Thomas Francis Meagher Tricolour Celebration Weekend

Waterford is set to host the Thomas Francis Meagher 176th Tricolour Celebration next weekend—from March 1st to March 3rd.

This three-day event commemorates the flying of the Irish Tricolour for the first time in 1848 as a symbol of peace and reconciliation by Thomas Francis Meagher.

Celebrations mark the life and legacy of Thomas Francis Meagher, an Irish and American Patriot who played a pivotal role in Ireland’s struggle for independence.

The much-anticipated 2024 programme, proudly supported by Patron Daniel Mulhall, former Irish Ambassador to the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Malaysia, promises an exciting array of events that pay homage to the life and legacy of Thomas Francis Meagher, and honour the 176th anniversary of first flying of the Irish Tricolour flag and its rich history.

Tricolour Celebration Weekend Highlights

March 1st: Take a deep dive into the historical heart of Waterford with the Thomas Francis Meagher Walking Tour at 6 p.m., followed by a dinner at Sabai Restaurant. The day concludes with a Peace Vigil at the Edmund Rice Chapel Waterford at 8 p.m. performed by the acclaimed Island of Ireland Peace Choir.

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March 2nd: Engage with esteemed speakers at the Thomas Francis Meagher Public Talks Series from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Medieval Museum in Waterford.

There will be discussions on Meagher’s enduring legacy, and the impactful legacy of the Tricolour.

The Thomas Francis Meagher Gala Dinner is an annual highlight event on March 2nd at the Granville Hotel, featuring performances by the Dordán Choir and Late Late Toy Show and Six Nations “Ireland’s Call” star Stevie Mulrooney.

March 3rd: The celebration culminates with the Thomas Francis Meagher Fife & Drum Band at 11 a.m. at the Granville Hotel followed by the annual Military Parade, Wreath Laying, and Flag Raising Ceremony at the Waterford Crystal Plaza at 12 p.m., showcasing a parade of veterans, national anthem performance by Stevie Mulrooney, and the Thomas Francis Meagher Oration.

Locals and visitors alike are welcome to partake in this historic occasion, celebrating not only the legacy of Thomas Francis Meagher and the anniversary of the first flying of the Irish Tricolour 176 years ago, but also the true spirit of unity, freedom and inclusivity it represents.

For more information and a full programme of events, please visit meagherstricolour.com.

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