Audacious Defiance



Arrest that fleg.

Irish Tricolour flag pictured flying over Stormont: PUP demand police investigation (Claire Williamson, Belfast Telegraph)

28 thoughts on “Audacious Defiance

    1. scottser

      ah, you’ve to get money changed and everything. it’s easier to go to spain lad.

  1. ahjayzis

    I’m not a nawwwtionalist or anything, but it does look quite good up there!

    What’s the other fleg? Twisher tells me both flegs were ‘illegal’?

    1. Paddy obrien

      That’s ours, I mean the one that we believe to be our very own but it’s the other one that’s been dominating us for near a hundred years, and it’s colours are…yellow and white, it’s flown mostly at our schools

      1. dereviled

        That’s white and saffron you barely dressed savage. Same as Antrim.
        Maybe Antrim won the hurling.

    2. All the good ones fly south for winter

      The other was a Swastika. It gathered less outrage.

  2. John E. Bravo

    Send in Charlie Haughey:

    “On May 7th 1945, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) students staged “an impromptu celebration” after the BBC announced the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany and the end of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. The Irish Times reported that fifty students appeared on the roof over the main entrance, waving Union Jacks and singing “God Save the Queen”, “Rule Britannia” and the French national anthem. These proceeding attracted hundreds of onlookers and members of the public. This crowd increased when the Trinity students hosted a Union Jack, a Red Flag, the French tricolour and, at the very bottom of the mast, an Irish tricolour.

    A section of the crowd in and around College Green took exception to the position of the Irish flag and made three attempts to break into the University. They rushed the front gates and made it through the main entrance but were stopped by a large number of Gardai from entering the College courtyard. In reaction, Trinity students took down the Irish flag, set it on fire and threw it from the roof.

    News of this commotion and the actions of the Trinity students reached students in UCD who were then based less than ten minutes away in Earlsfort Terrace (where the National Concert Hall is now). UCD Commerce student Charles Haughey organised a counter demonstration and led a march of UCD students, some bearing Nazi swastika flags, to Trinity. It is then widely believed that Haughey with a friend, Seamus Sorohan, who was then a law student and later became a barrister, ripped down a Union Jack flag that was hanging on a lamppost at the bottom of Grafton Street and proceeded to burn it.”

  3. Sparks

    And this little non-story will also be recounted in 70 years. It was a missed opportunity. They should have hoisted the gay rainbow flag. Maybe they could wrap Carson in it?

  4. Spaghetti Hoop

    It was a prank.
    Conducted by the lads fixing the roof. Who will no doubt tell the story proudly for many years to come over pints and with much embellishment and fleggery. Good laugh until spoilsport Irvine called the PSNI.
    Is the other fleg the Erin go Bragh one?

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