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An Irish flag waistcoat is the ultimate patriotic and versatile garment, perfect for many occasions. It's simple bold stripe design identifies the wearer as a proud supporter of Ireland.
Every 17th March there's a massive worldwide celebration of St. Patrick's Day. Saint Patrick's Day has been an official feast day since the 17th Century and has become a celebration of all Irish culture in general. St Patrick's Day is known as the friendliest day of the year. This reflects how well regarded Irish people are all over the world.
Everyone who has Irish roots will boast about it on St. Patrick's Day. It's something to be proud of. Wearing the flag waistcoat of Green, White and Orange is the perfect way to feel part of the celebration and really enjoy yourself.
Also an Irish waistcoat can be worn on public parades, formal occasions, weddings, street parties etc. It's great for when supporting any Irish national sports team.
Throughout various times in history Ireland has suffered with a poor economy. But there's always been a high birth rate! This has resulted in long periods of large-scale emigration. These migrants and their descendants are known as the Irish disposa. The Irish have emigrated to all over the world yet people of the Irish diaspora remain very proud of their heritage. The Irish have settled in large communities the UK, United States, Canada, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. (In the USA a waistcoat is often referred to as a vest.) In the UK, Liverpool has the highest percentage of Irish ancestry. In Scotland, Glasgow has the largest Irish community.
The tricolour flag dates from April 1848 when a group of French women who supported Irish independence gave it to the Irish leader, Thomas Francis Meagher. The flag came to further prominence during the1916 Easter Rising. It was then was granted constitutional status in 1937 when the colours where defined as a “tricolour of green, white and orange”. For a time, it was banned in Northern Ireland because of it's association with republicans.
The Green represents the old gaelic Ireland. Orange represents New Ireland or the followers of William of Orange. White represents the bridge between the two. It's message of peace and unity between Catholics and Protestants.
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Irish tricolour flag waistcoat