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1848 Tricolour Celebration has moved to June

1848 Tricolour June 2019This year’s 1848 Tricolour Celebration for Waterford City will take place between Friday 28th and Sunday 30th June. Moved from the traditional date of around the 7th March, to hopefully enjoy better weather, which saw first ever raising of THE Irish Tricolour, on 33 The Mall, by Waterford native Thomas Francis Meagher, in the year 1848.

2019 will see us celebrate the 171st Anniversary of the raising of THE first Irish Tricolour by Thomas Francis Meagher, at 33 The Mall, Waterford City. Now in its 9th year, the 1848 Tricolour Celebration continues to gain momentum on a national and international level.

The 2019 events will take place across the weekend of the 28th, 29th and 30th of June. This was planned to be the nearest weekend date, to the actual death commemoration of Meagher, who died on the 1st July 1867. Visitors will include Members of the 69th Brigade New York, Embassy Representatives and Military Veterans.

It is hoped that the new June dates will become a regular in the calendar of Waterford festivals and that the chance of sunnier, warmer and drier weather, will see crowds returning to The Mall on Sunday 30th June.

A number of exciting events have been planned, including;

1848 Tricolour Celebration Timetable

Friday 28th June

  • From 10am; Citizenship Ceremony in the presence of Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan TD. WIT Arena will see 700 new citizens swear allegiance to the Tricolour. Their journey to Irish Citizenship starting at 33 The Mall, where a shuttle bus will take them to WIT Arena.
  • From 6pm; Thomas Francis Meagher historic walk by Donnchadh Ó Ceallacháin, Waterford Treasures at 6pm, followed by dinner at 7pm in Sabai Restaurant. Sabai is a “Blue plaque” building and the premises where Thomas Francis Meagher was arrested on the 12th July 1848.

Saturday 29th June

  • From 10am; 1848 Tricolour Lecture Series, the Museum of Treasures. Speakers will include Dr Jennifer Kavanagh (Lecturer in Law at WIT), Professor Yvonne McEwan (University of Wolverhampton) & Dr Pat McCarthy (Author of “The Irish Revolution”).
  • From 7.30pm; Gala Dinner in the Granville Hotel. Keynote speaker Professor Willie Donnelly and Minister Paul Kehoe TD, will address the guest. The Island of Ireland Peace Choir will perform at the dinner.

Sunday 30th June

  • From 12:30pm; gathering and march with brass bands, military, veterans and friends from Thomas Francis Meagher’s home place, The Granville Hotel to The Mall.
  • From 1pm; flag raising ceremony on The Mall, outside the House of Waterford Crystal.


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