The flag of the Republic of Ireland represents the British in Northern Ireland, peace and Ireland's native people. It is a rectangle broken up into three equally sized sections of green, white and orange. The flag first flew in Ireland in 1848 and is a tricolor similar in layout to the flags of France and Belgium.Continue Reading
The green rectangle stands for Ireland's native people, while the orange rectangle stands for the British who came to Northern Ireland during the 1600s. These supporters of William of Orange were mostly Protestant, but many of the natives of Ireland are Roman Catholic. The white rectangle, sitting in between the other two, stands for peace between the two groups, which has been elusive over the past few centuries.
Thomas Francis Meagher was the first to introduce the flag in 1848 as he promoted the Young Ireland movement. Initially, the flag appeared next to the French revolutionary flag (a red, white and blue tricolor), but it was not seen as the national flag in Ireland until the Rising of 1916. Before the war of independence, which raged from 1919 to 1921, the official flag of Ireland was the same as that of the rest of Great Britain.Learn more about Europe
Ireland's official name is the Republic of Ireland, and it is considered part of Europe. It is a constitutional democracy, with the capital being Dublin.Full Answer >
The colors on the Norwegian flag, white, red and blue, represent peace, strength and loyalty. Designed in 1821 by Fredrik Meltzer, the Norwegian flag features a red background with a blue cross outlined in white.Full Answer >
The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency estimated the total population of Northern Ireland as of June 30, 2014 at 1,840,500 people. This represented a 0.6 percent increase from the previous year. Approximately 21 percent of people were under 15 years of age, 63 percent were between 16 and 64, and 16 percent were older than 64. The population was 49 percent male and 51 percent female.Full Answer >
The Open University is a progressive institution for higher education with campuses in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Its mission is to achieve social justice by providing wide access to a university education. The Open University also distinguishes itself by allowing students to design and pursue courses of study aligned with their individual ambitions and passions.Full Answer >