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Flags of 1798
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1798 Flag
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Kilcullen Flag
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Fr. Murphy, Arklow, 1798
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Joseph Holt
Wicklow Mountains 1798
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Wexford, 1798
The meaning of the letters MWS
is uncertain. Loyalists believed
that they meant
"Murder Without Sin",
i.e. that rebels could murder
Protestants with impunity.
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Other commentators have
suggested that the real meaning
is "Marksmen West Shlemalier".
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The colour green was characteristic of the rebel flags
of ’98.
Green flags bearing yellow or golden representations
of the uncrowned harp were carried by the rebels
in Wexford, Wicklow and in other counties also.

When the insurgents entered Wexford town on the
30th May 1798, they came with green banners flying.
They later hoisted a green flag above the barracks
on the quayside. Because of the shortage of green
flags used by rebel corps, it was customary to display
banners of all colours except orange which was
supposedly disliked by the people.
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United Irish badge
"It is new strung and shall be heard"
.According to Edward Hay who was in
Wexford at the time, many female
sympathisers offered coloured petticoats
which were used as flags and were usually
‘decorated according to their fancy’.
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Many of these women began working on
embroidered flags, some of which
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remained unfinished when the rebellion
had been put down.
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The last battle in Wexford was fought
under a green flag which flew from
the ruined windmill on Vinegar Hill
overlooking Enniscorthy town on 21st
June 1798.

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