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Today is Saint Patrick's Day a day people celebrate with frivolity. It's a day when you wear green (or not) to celebrate your "Irish" even if you are not Irish. My father and his family emigrated from England to the USA in 1920. My mother's family heritage is from Ireland and Scotland. A year or so ago Pam & I had our heritage investigated via the Ancestry DNA kits (now I can be cloned...lol). Unsurprisingly, I was 90 some-odd percent English, Irish, Welsh, Scottish, and a wee bit of northern Europe. 

My mother would say to us kids, "Wear green today" but my father would say a good Englishman wears orange today."

Here's some history of the Irish tricolor flag 

Why I Wear Orange on Saint Patrick's Day | Vivo O Sonho

What do the colors of the Irish flag mean?

This flag is nicknamed the Irish Tricolour for its equal sections of green, white, and orange; these colors contain the flag’s meaning. Here’s what the colors in the Irish flag mean.

Green

The left third of Ireland’s flag is green, a color long associated with Irish republicanism. This dates back to the 1790s, when the Society of United Irishmen launched a rebellion to end British rule and found an independent Irish republic. Their flag was green, the color that came to represent the side fighting for Irish independence.

Orange

On the opposite half of the flag is the color orange. Orange is an important color in Ireland—it’s chosen by Protestant British unionists.

In the 1690 Battle of the Boyne, the Protestant King William III defeated an army comprising primarily Irish Catholics led by the Catholic King James II. William’s title came from the Principality of the Orange, and as such, he was known as William of Orange. This led the the Northern Ireland–based Orange Order, a protestant supremacy group, to choose orange as their primary color when they were founded in 1795. With time, orange came to represent Protestant British unionists.

White

Between these two opposing forces, represented by orange and green, lies the color white. White is the color of peace and purity. When Ireland’s flag was created, white was chosen as the central color to represent a lasting truce and hope for peace between the two sides. It represents the ideal that every person has a part in Ireland, regardless of political stance, religion, or ethnicity.

Ireland’s flag may be simple, with only three equal sections of green, white, and orange, but once you understand what they symbolize you realize the flag stands for something important.

So, did the flag unite Ireland?

The flag was adopted by the Irish free state, the independent southern half of the island.

Unfortunately, it became seen as a symbol of division in the unionist-dominated Northern Ireland, who continue to use the British Union flag. Despite its original intent, it remains a source of division in the nation today.

 

information provided through a flag company PatriotWood

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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
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Good Morning Joyce Marsh 

At 75 I'm still conflicted on wearing orange...lol It was a thing my parents would get into every year...lol

Mar 17, 2024 06:07 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Doug. Thanks for the history lesson. St. Patrick's day is my granddaughter's birthday and the day before our anniversary. So I get to celebrate twice. Enjoy your day. 

Mar 17, 2024 06:07 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
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Good Morning Michael Jacobs 

my wife is similar to me except she has a Russian lineage too.

What is your oddness DNA element that you mentioned?

Mar 17, 2024 06:09 AM
Michael Jacobs

Doug Dawes - I try to keep it in check when out and about.  Let's just say, "it's special".  

Mar 17, 2024 06:19 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
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Good Morning Wayne Martin 

Happy Birthday to your daughter and Happy Anniversary to you and your wife. Enjoy the celebration and have a great week

Mar 17, 2024 06:11 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Doug. Happy St Patrick's Day to you. Having been raised Protestant, it was always about orange to me... I just figured out to wear both orange and green to be fair to all.

Mar 17, 2024 06:14 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
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Good Morning Nina Hollander, Broker 

That's the way to do it. We'd find something orange to wear but my mother usually prevailed and we decked out ion green...lol Have a Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Mar 17, 2024 06:17 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Doug,

What a great history lesson on Saint Patrick's Day! Happy Saint Patrick's Day to you!!

Mar 17, 2024 07:13 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

The Irish are credited/blamed for so much. Some of it deserved and some not so much, but never have they been more positive in their appreciation for potatoes, fermented or not. Happy St Patrick's Day

Mar 17, 2024 09:03 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Doug  and have my green on today and have the food all ready to put in my Air fryer for dinner tonight.  Happy St. Patrick Day!

Mar 17, 2024 09:08 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
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Good AFternoon Dorie Dillard Austin TX 

Saint Patrick's Day is one of those days just about everyone can enjoy. Have a great day and a great week AND A Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Mar 17, 2024 09:51 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
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Good Afternoon Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 

The Irish were much maligned throughout their history.  BUT, I think most ethnicities  have some type of persecution in their own history. Have a Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Mar 17, 2024 09:54 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
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Hey Will Hamm 

Pam has a corned beef and my son, the cook is bringing a boiled dinner from the restaurant where he cooks. Have a Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Mar 17, 2024 09:55 AM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Doug Dawes thank you, and Happy St. Patrick's Day to you as well. Enjoy St. Patrick's Day Festivities.

Mar 17, 2024 11:02 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Doug Dawes top of the morn to you to, and Happy ST Paddy's Day.

Mar 17, 2024 11:07 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Doug- I loved learning about the flag and what the colors mean. I grew up in Houston and we always wore green or risked getting pinched (when I was in grad school) Larry's dad was part Irish and he traveled to Ireland twice. He loved the country. 

Mar 17, 2024 03:41 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
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Good Morning John Pusa 

Same to you and yours. Our son the cook & his fiance came by with a boiled dinner from the restaurant. 

Mar 18, 2024 02:17 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
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Good Morning George Souto 

It was a grand day. We went to church, Pam went to choir practice & I went to our District American Legion meeting and our son & his fiance came by with a boiled dinner

Mar 18, 2024 02:18 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
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I've never been to Ireland Kathy Streib My mother's side was Irish & Scottish and I had an aunt from Ireland who had a very  heavy Irish brogue 

Mar 18, 2024 02:21 AM
Adam Feinberg
Elegran - Manhattan, NY
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse Advisor

I am not sure if you saw this really awesome article a few days ago that busted the myth of Irish immigrants- and how they ultimately thrived in NYC. I really didn't expect the level of detail from a bank 150+ years ago to exist. I make it my business to know a lot about NYC history- but this really blew me away.   https://www.cnn.com/2024/03/17/us/irish-potato-famine-immigrants-cec/index.html

Mar 20, 2024 05:50 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
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Thank you for this link Adam Feinberg Many people thrived and there will always be those who do not. I think history can reveal many misnomers 

Mar 21, 2024 09:24 AM