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On St Patrick's Day, Irish flag flown in front of Limavady Orange hall

category derry | miscellaneous | news report author Monday March 17, 2008 14:35author by Shane Report this post to the editors

a very short photo story

This morning, the St Patrick's flag flutters in front of Limavady Orange hall in Co. Derry. The Irish flag of St Patrick, not often seen even in northern Irish Unionist districts, is a diagonal red cross against a white background. When combined with the English Cross of St George (a red cross against a white background, often seen at English football matches and on nationalist rallies in Georgia in eastern Europe) and the Scottish Cross of St Andrew (a diagonal white cross against a blue background) you get the British Union Flag, known colloquially as the "Union Jack".
St Patrick's flag flutters in front of Limavady Orange Hall, Co Derry
St Patrick's flag flutters in front of Limavady Orange Hall, Co Derry

Despite it being part of the Union Jack, unionists and loyalists tend to prefer to fly the St Andrews cross or the St George's Cross, albeit sometimes with the red hand of Ulster in its center, perhaps because of a suspicion of any admission of Irishness that the flying of the St Patrick's cross would entail. Not anymore. Last week big Ian Paisley urged Unionists to embrace St Patrick. In Coleraine St Patricks day is today being celebrated with an Ulster Scots folk band. In Derry's Waterside last Friday the community center in the very loyalist Irish Street district was celebrating St Patrick's day with a dance, replete with green shamrocks and Irish Stew!

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   sorry for the twisted necks     shane    Mon Mar 17, 2008 14:39 
   Enjoy     BJ    Mon Mar 17, 2008 15:05 
   True origins of the St Patrick's flag     Patricius    Mon Mar 17, 2008 15:18 
   As a mark of respect for Irish National day I will not publish my annual "reform the UK flag"     iosaf    Mon Mar 17, 2008 18:47 
   bah humbug...i will in me hole celebrate     Barry    Mon Mar 17, 2008 20:45 
   Well said , Barry......     Sharon .    Mon Mar 17, 2008 21:03 
   Side ways photo     Dave    Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:03 
   rotating the Limavady orange hall?     daunted    Tue Mar 18, 2008 14:43 
   daunted: oh ye of little faith!     shane    Wed Mar 19, 2008 11:29 


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