Friday 20 January 2017

Colum Kenny: Flogging our flag would bring tears to your eyes

A bailed-out banker could buy the Irish tricolour and donate it to our broken State, writes Colum Kenny

Published 28/03/2010 | 05:00

If there is one thing worse than selling your birthright for a mess of pottage, it is trying to sell your birthright and not getting the pottage that you wanted.

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You can laugh or cry about the failure of the family of an Irish patriot to flog a flag from the 1916 Rising in New York last week for half a million dollars.

You could laugh, about how they really cannot be sure that this green, white and yellow/gold (rather than orange) tricolour was atop the GPO in 1916. All we know for sure is that an old soldier told a doctor that it was "captured" at that location.

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