boerenzakdoek Italy
orange . white . green
60 x 60 cm
oil on canvas
©arttrust 2009


since 1919

Green had long been associated with Ireland as a nation, and with the revolutionary groups within it. The orange represents the minority who were supporters of William of Orange. He, originally the Stadtholder of the Netherlands, had defeated King James II and his predominantly Irish Catholic army at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. His title came from the Principality of Orange in the south of France that had been a Protestant bastion from the 1500s. The white in the centre signifies a lasting truce between the two cultures and a living together in peace.The flag, as a whole, is intended to symbolise the inclusion and hoped-for union of the people of different traditions on the island of Ireland, which is expressed in the Constitution as the entitlement of every person born in Ireland to be part of the independent Irish nation, regardless of ethnic origin, religion or political conviction.

source: wikipedia