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Rethinking our national emblem – what could a ‘United Ireland’ flag look like?

As an Irish Independent poll showed support for a new flag in the event of unification, Review asked art students to come up with potential designs. Here Kim Bielenberg looks at attempts by other countries to rethink their national emblem

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The nine flags designed by students of NCAD

The nine flags designed by students of NCAD

Design by Lauryn Flynn

Design by Lauryn Flynn

Design by Aedàn Hamrock

Design by Aedàn Hamrock

Design by Isabella Utria

Design by Isabella Utria

Design by Thomas Morelli

Design by Thomas Morelli

Design by Beth Snelling

Design by Beth Snelling

Design by James Kennedy

Design by James Kennedy

Design by Dara Young

Design by Dara Young

Design by Aisling Madden

Design by Aisling Madden

Design by Alannah Quayle

Design by Alannah Quayle

The tricolour is associated with Thomas Francis Meagher

The tricolour is associated with Thomas Francis Meagher

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The nine flags designed by students of NCAD

It is one of the thorny issues that would have to be sorted out if Ireland is ever united. Do we stick with the tricolour for old times’ sake, use two flags out of respect for both traditions on the island or create an entirely new emblem?

You only have to travel through Northern Ireland in the summer to see how flags are important symbols in contested territory.


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