Saint Patrick Saltire, yet another flag flown in Northern Ireland



Saint Patrick's Saltire

Saint Patrick Saltire History

There are two theories concerning the origin of this flag.

  • According to one, this symbol is old and attested from as early as 1612.
  • According to the other, it was created in 1783 with the establishment of the chivalry Order of St. Patrick on that date.

Saint Patrick's Saltire Use

This became the flag of all Ireland until while it was part of the UK.

It has been represented in the Union Jack since 1801 (click here to find how) and is primarily used by Loyalists (people who want Northern Ireland to be part of the UK) and the Church of Ireland.


Now that you know all about Saint Patrick's Saltire, why don't you read about the other unofficial flags of Northern Ireland?

Unofficial Flags flown in Northern Ireland:

Flag of Ireland

Independent Ulster flag

Saint Andrew's Cross

The Province of Ulster Flag or Ulster Flag (Nine Counties).

The Four Provinces of Ireland.

Orange Order Flags.




Are you sure you know which is the Official flag of Northern Ireland?

Read about:

The Union Jack Flag

The Royal Standard Flag

The Ulster Flag (or Ulster 6 Counties flag or Red Hand Ulster Flag)




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