Where does come from?
The flag of Ireland was first flown in 1848 by the young revolutionary Thomas Meagher, presented as a gift from French women sympathetic to the cause of Irish independence. They designed the flag as a tricolor to symbolize a truce (white) between Irish Catholics (green) and Protestants (orange).
The Irish flag first became a national symbol when it was flown during the 1916 Easter Rising, when Ireland established its independence from Great Britain. It was officially adopted in 1922.
The flag for Ireland emoji, meanwhile, was officially added to Unicode’s Emoji 1.0 in 2015, designed to look like it is waving on some platforms. It will display as IE, Ireland’s country code, on unsupported devices.
It’s not to be confused with the flag for Côte D’Ivoire emoji 🇨🇮, which features the same colors except the orange stripe comes first. Northern Ireland, part of the UK, uses the flag for the United Kingdom emoji, 🇬🇧.
Who uses ?
The flag for Ireland emoji is used online and in text messages for all sorts of current content concerning the country, including sports, politics, culture, and the Irish language.
— Síomón McCába (@simomcC) March 8, 2018
Ireland’s lush greens, rugged coasts, and rich culture make Ireland a popular place to visit, so many tourists post an IG with the flag for Ireland emoji.
Ireland has produced some of the world’s great literature, music, dance, wool, dairy, and yes, beer and whiskey, so the flag for Ireland emoji waves over content concerning the country’s many cultural treasures.
— Lisa H Fitzpatrick (@lisahfitz) May 13, 2018
Many Americans are very proud of their Irish heritage, and the flag for Ireland emoji, often paired with the shamrock emoji ☘, especially voice it on St. Patrick’s Day.
— Mark Adams (@MarkAdamsBball) March 17, 2018