Next weekend sees the inaugural Irish Tricolour Festival being celebrated in Waterford to mark Waterford rightful place in the original unfolding of our national flag as it was first flown here in Waterford from 33, The Mall, on March 7th 1848. That year is significant one in itself it historically being regarded as year which saw the emergence of nationalism movement throughout Europe. Ultimately the forces of nationalism had negative as well as the many positive consequences but that’s a weightier subject for la eigin eile. But this weekend this city rightly celebrates the origins and story of the Tricolour. I commend Cian Foley of for his proud promotion of all things Waterford. His impressive list of Waterford Facts on that web site is surely recommended reading for everybody in the south-east, it truly highlights the eminence of Waterford’ history in the national story.