Longford’s Deputy Mayor, Cllr Frank Kilbride (FG) accepted the gift of the tricolour on behalf of Longford Co Council in Waterford last weekend. The event surrounding the presentation took place in recognition of Waterford City’s Tricolour Celebration, and the flag accepted by Cllr Kilbride was flown at the same spot that Thomas Francis Meagher flew the first ever Irish Tricolour, at 33 The Mall, Waterford City, on March 7, 1848.
Almost 166 years to the day that the first Irish Tricolour was flown, over 30 Mayors, from all over the country, gathered in Waterford City to be part of the unique presentation of 64 Irish
“I was delighted to receive the invitation from the Mayor of Waterford City to attend this unique presentation,” said Cllr Kilbride.
“To be able to accept an Irish Tricolour on behalf of Longford Co Council is truly a great honour, and I will ensure that the flag and presentation plaque will take pride of place in our Council Chamber.”
Cllr Kilbride said it was an honour for him to be present at such a prestigious occasion.
“The day was extremely well organised and to have the opportunity to be there on behalf of Longford Co Council was a great privilege,” the county’s deputy mayor .