The Turn of the Irish Summer

Lots of things symbolise the turn of the Irish summer from July into August but none more than the blooming of Montbretia in gardens and along lane ways and even by the side of the road.

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Montbretia

It’s all about the colour, I suppose ~ the green and orange that are such fundamental parts of our Irish flag.

I’m not so sure that everyone knows that the Irish Tricolour was first flown in Waterford City  for 8 days in 1848  by Thomas Francis Meagher, who was a Young Irelander.

The green in the flag symbolises Irish nationalism: the orange, Irish Protestantism and the white, the hope of lasting peace between these.

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The Irish Tricolour and the Co. Waterford Flag

That white, for peace, is HUGELY important and nature serves up some lovely whites at this time of year. Nothing is more evocative for me than white hydrangeas:

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Peace 

 

 

 

 

 

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and I love to write both non-fiction and poetry.

9 thoughts on “The Turn of the Irish Summer”

  1. May there always be a Peace present not only in Ireland, but throughout the world..It is within us to live peacefully with our neighbors”Let there be Peace on Earth and let it begin with ME”…Beautiful symbolism for the colors of Irelands flag…

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