Across the road from Reginald’s Tower, stands the statue of Thomas Francis Meagher (1823-1867) who was born in Waterford. He came to national prominence during Daniel O’Connell Repeal Movement. It was Meagher who introduced the green, white and orange tricolor that would go on to become Ireland’s flag, the white in the center signifying a truce between the “green” Irish Catholics and the “orange” Irish Protestants.
After the failed 1848 Young Ireland uprising, he was shipped to Tasmania and later escaped to America where he became a citizen and Civil War hero as the commander of the Irish Brigade.
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