Flag of Ireland

Flag Ireland, Banner Ireland
Aspect ratio:
1:2
Vexillological symbol:
National flag on land and sea
Country:
Ireland
Capital:
Dublin
Size:
70.282 km²
Population:
3.969.558
Continent:
Europe
Languages:
English, Gaelic (3%)
Currency:
Euro (EUR)
accepted at:
28.12.1937

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Background knowledge

The national flag of Ireland is vertically striped green, white and orange.

Again and again, you can also see Irish flags with a more yellowish stripes. Sometimes this arises from misinterpretation of the strip than gold, but this variant is also the official flag of County Offaly [1].

Officially, the colors are ascribed no meaning, but there are plenty of unofficial declarations. So shall green for the island and the Catholic population, are orange for the Protestant population and white for peace between the two denominations. Others see the green, the old Celtic tradition and orange stands for the supporters of William of Orange. White stood for the truce between the two parties.

Historically, it is true that Green has long had a tradition as the color of Irish freedom fighters and the orange color of the Protestants of Ulster, is derived from William of Orange. You should remember the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, in which the Protestant William defeated the Catholic James II.

Text courtesy of Flaggenlexikon.de

Hymn

Composer: Partick Heeney (1881-1911), Peadar Kearney Songwriter: Peadar Kearney (1883-1942)
Songtext:

Soldier's song:

We sing a song, a soldier's song,
In fiery and roaring chorus,
As we gather around our campfires.
The starry sky is above us;
Desiring the approaching battle
While we wait for daybreak,
Here in the stillness of the night
We sing this soldier's song.

Refrain

We are soldiers, our lives belong to Ireland;
Some came from a land beyond the waves.
We want to be free, nothing else our Irish people want
Let the oppressors and the oppressed hide;
Tonight we fight for our Irish homeland!
For Ireland, though in victory or defeat,
At the thunder of cannon and boom of guns;
We sing this soldier's song.

In the green valleys and on mountain heights
Our fathers fought before us.
And conquered under the same time-honored flag,
Which now proudly flies above our heads.
We are children of a nation always ready to defend itself,
which has never been disgraced.
Marching and looking the enemy in the face
We sing this soldier's song.

Refrain

Sons of the Gaels! Men of the morning!
The long-awaited day is dawning;
Ireland's brave mounted fighters
Will put the foe to flight.
Our campfires are burnt down by now;
See in the east the silvery glow.
Over there the Saxons are already waiting,
So tune now to our soldier's song!

(Refrain)

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