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List of flags used in Northern Ireland

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List of flags used in Northern Ireland

List of British flags
English flags
Northern Irish flags
Scottish flags
Welsh flags
Royal Standards


  • Official flags 1
    • Current 1.1
    • Former 1.2
  • Local government flags 2
  • Others 3
    • GAA county colours 3.1
  • See also 4
  • References 5

Official flags


These are the flags used by the British Government and the monarch in Northern Ireland.

Flag Date Use Description
Since 1801 The Union Flag, popularly known as the Union Jack, is used as the flag of the United Kingdom. It is flown by the unionist community. A superposition of the flags of England, Scotland, and the St Patrick's Flag of Ireland.
Since 1837 The Royal Standard of the United Kingdom. It is the banner of Queen Elizabeth II in her capacity as Queen of the United Kingdom. Split into quadrants, the first and fourth quadrants contain three gold lions passant on a red field (representing England); the second quadrant contains a red lion rampant on a gold field (representing Scotland); the third quadrant contains a gold harp on a blue field (representing Ireland).


Flag Date Use Description
St. Patrick's Saltire, also known as the Cross of St Patrick, after the patron saint of Ireland. The flag appears within the Union Flag now the official flag of the United Kingdom. It is used by some Unionists, the Church of Ireland and is incorporated into symbols and emblems of various organisations and bodies throughout Ireland. A red saltire on a white field.
1801–1922 Flag of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland A Union Jack defaced with the Coat of arms of Ireland.
1922–1973 Personal flag of the Governor of Northern Ireland. A Union Jack defaced with the Coat of arms of Northern Ireland.
1953–1972 The ESPN[5] currently use the flag to represent teams and athletes from Northern Ireland. A red cross on a white field defaced with the Red Hand of Ulster, crowned on a six pointed white star (representing the six counties in Northern Ireland). Based on the flag of Ulster.
1929–1973 Ensign of the former Northern Ireland government. The blue ensign defaced with the letters GNI. Used on vessels of the Northern Ireland government.

Local government flags

Flag Date Use Description
The flag of the city of Belfast. Banner of the arms of Belfast City Council.


Flag Date Use Description
Ensign of the Royal Ulster Yacht Club. The blue ensign defaced with the Red Hand of Ulster and St Edward's Crown.
Since 1264 The Flag of Ulster is used to represent the traditional province of Ulster. A red cross on a golden field. The arms of the historic province of Ulster is a composite achievement, combining the heraldic symbols of two of that province’s best known families; namely the cross of de Burgo and the dexter hand of O Neill(Ua Néill, later Ó Néill) Kings of Ailech and Tír Eoghan.
?? St Patrick's Saltire, also known as the Cross of St Patrick, represents Saint Patrick; the patron saint of Ireland. It was a flag used to represent all of Ireland as a component of the UK, and accordingly appears as part of the Union Flag. It is used by some unionists, the Church of Ireland on an all-Ireland basis and is incorporated into symbols and emblems of various organisations and bodies throughout Ireland. A red saltire on a white field.
Since 1919 The Tricolour was originally designed to represent all of Ireland, but is currently only the official flag of the Republic of Ireland. Although it has no official status as a flag of Northern Ireland, it is used by the country's nationalist community. A Tricolour, with three equal vertical bands of green (hoist side), white and orange. The Irish Government has said the flag represents the Gaelic population and tradition(green), the Orange population and tradition (orange) of the island of Ireland, and the hope for a lasting peace (white) between them.
Since 1893 The Sunburst flag is based on the flag of mythological warriors the Fianna. Used by nationalists. Blue background with an orange sun showing partially in the bottom right corner.
Since 1930s The starry plough flag succeeded the starry plough banner; the flag used to represent Irish nationalist socialism. Used by socialists, trade unionists and nationalists. Light blue background and white stars.
Flag of a proposed independent Ulster nation. Used by Ulster nationalists. St Patrick's Saltire on a navy blue background, defaced with a golden six pointed star representing the six counties of Northern Ireland containing the red hand of Ulster.

GAA county colours

GAA county colours are used to represent Irish counties in the Gaelic Athletic Association's inter-county competitions, most notably the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship in Gaelic football and the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship in Hurling.

Flag County Description
County Antrim Saffron and white
County Armagh Orange and white
County Down Red and black
County Fermanagh Green and white
County Derry Red and white
County Tyrone White and red

See also


  1. ^ So you think you know the Northern Ireland flag?
  2. ^ "Northern Ireland at".  
  3. ^ "Northern Ireland at the CGF".  
  4. ^ – Rory McIlroy's Official Profile
  5. ^ " - GOLF - Darren Clarke - Player Card". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 2007-11-28. 
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