List of flags used in Northern Ireland

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This article is about a list of flags used for Northern Ireland. For other flags used in the United Kingdom, see list of British flags. For flags used in the Republic of Ireland, see list of flags of the Republic of Ireland.
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Scottish flags
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Official flags[edit]

Current[edit]

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

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 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.
Royal Standard of the United Kingdom.svg 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).

Former[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
St Patrick's saltire.svg  ??
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.
Flag of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.svg 1801–1922 Flag of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland A Union Jack defaced with the Coat of arms of Ireland.
Flag of the Governor of Northern Ireland.svg 1922–1973 Personal flag of the Governor of Northern Ireland. A Union Jack defaced with the Coat of arms of Northern Ireland.
Ulster banner.svg 1953–1972 The Ulster Banner was the flag of the former Government of Northern Ireland. It is used by the unionist community but no longer has any official status,[1] although several sporting organisations such as FIFA,[2] the Commonwealth Games Federation[3] and the PGA Tour[4] and media organisations such as 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.
Government Ensign of Northern Ireland (1929-1973).svg 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[edit]

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

Others[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Ensign of the Royal Ulster Yacht Club.svg Ensign of the Royal Ulster Yacht Club. The blue ensign defaced with the Red Hand of Ulster and St Edward's Crown.
Flag of Ulster.svg 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.svg  ?? 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.
Flag of Ireland.svg 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.
Sunburst Flag.svg 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.
StarryPlough.svg 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 the Ulster Nation.svg 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[edit]

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
Flag of county Antrim.svg County Antrim Saffron and white
Flag of county Armagh.svg County Armagh Orange and white
Flag of county Down.svg County Down Red and black
Flag of the counties of Fermanagh and Limerick.svg County Fermanagh Green and white
Flag of the counties of Cork, Derry and Louth.svg County Derry Red and white
Flag of county Tyrone.svg County Tyrone White and red

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