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Starry Plough (flag)

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Starry Plough (flag)

The modern Starry Plough flag.
The original Starry Plough flag from 1914 and flown during the Easter Rising.
Members of the socialist political party éirígí carry original-Starry Plough flags in Derry, January 2013

The Starry Plough banner (Irish: An Camchéachta) was originally used by the Irish Citizen Army, a socialist, Irish republican movement. James Connolly, co-founder of the Irish Citizen Army with Jack White, said the significance of the banner was that a free Ireland would control its own destiny from the plough to the stars.

The original Starry Plough was unveiled in 1914 and flown over the Imperial Hotel by the Irish Citizen Army during the 1916 Easter Rising. The flag depicts part of the constellation of Ursa Major, known as The Plough in Ireland and Britain, one of the most prominent features of the night sky over the Northern Hemisphere throughout the year. The 1916 flag is on display at the National Museum, Collins Barracks, in Dublin.

While similar to the state flag of Alaska, it predates Alaska's by more than a decade.

1930s to present

The original Starry Plough (designed by Irish Labour Party. The flag was draped on the coffin of the Independent TD Tony Gregory during his funeral.

The older banner featuring the plough is still occasionally used today by the Irish Republican Socialist Party, Sinn Féin and the Workers' Party of Ireland, formerly Official Sinn Féin.

See also


  1. ^ "Irish Literary Portraits" ed. W. R. Rodgers p.195
  2. ^
The flag, and alternative versions of it, are also used by

. rallies Irish National Liberation Army and Official IRA, Continuity IRA, Provisional IRA at red flag, as well as the sunburst flag and the Irish provincial flags and Irish tricolour and has been carried alongside the Irish republicans. Labour adopted the rose as its official emblem in 1991 but continue to use the Starry Plough for ceremonial occasions. It is also used by Irish Labour Party, and was adopted as the emblem of the Irish Labour movement, including the Republican Congress During the 1930s the design changed to that of the blue banner, which was designed by members of the [2] showed silver stars on a green background.[1]

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