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The Irish Free State was born in 1921 following the failed Easter uprising of 1916 and several years of guerilla warfare that followed. The Irish tri-colour was used as early as 1830, and was modeled on the French tri-colour. The colours green, orange and white were arranged in various orders until 1921 when the current order was established. It was officially confirmed in 1937.

The flag most Irish people recognised as their country's until then was the Green Flag: a green field bearing a gold harp. However, the Easter Rising, or more to the point its bloody suppression by the British authorities together with the oppression by the "Black and Tans" after WWI, helped cement the tri-colour and a firm desire for self-rule among the (southern) Irish people. The green stands for the Catholics, the orange for the Protestants and the white symbolizes the hoped for peace between the two religions.

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