Flag Type: Provincial Flag
Flag Date: Unknown
Flag Designer: Unknown
Adoption Route: Traditional
UK Design Code: UNKG7448
Aspect Ratio: 3:5
Pantone® Colours: Gold 123, Red 485, Dark Red 201, White
Certification: Flag Institute Chief Vexillologist, Graham Bartram

Ulster is a traditional Irish province which covers 3 counties in the Republic of Ireland and 6 in Northern Ireland. The flag of Ulster is therefore representative of part of the UK, though Ulster itself extends beyond. It is included in the UK Flag Registry in agreement between the Flag Institute and it’s counterpart Vexillology Ireland / Brateolaíocht Éireann. The Ulster flag is different from the Ulster Banner, which was the former flag of Northern Ireland but now holds no official status.

The flag features a red cross on gold from the coat of arms of the de Burgh family, mediaeval Earls of the Province, upon which is placed an escutcheon featuring a red hand on white, known as the red hand of Ulster. This emblem is associated with the O’Neill family with ties to the ancient kingdoms in the area and has many legends as to its origin, often involving the amputation of a hand to help claim and secure the ancient crown of Ulster.

2 Responses to Ulster

  1. John 23 May 2016 at 12:48 am #

    How incredibly obnoxious of the Flags Institute to list this flag, but not list the Northern Ireland flag.

    This flag represents a political entity which no longer even exists, and is used by the IRA and their supporters.

    The Northern Ireland flag is not a “former” flag in Northern Ireland as is still flown by councils, our commonwealth games team, football team, practically every sports team representing us internationally, by local government, and during royal events such as during the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations.

  2. I MacAulay 23 March 2017 at 5:26 pm #

    History lesson: The Ulster banner, commonly known as the Northern Ireland flag, is the banner of the Northern Irish parliament, not the country, just the parliament, which was dissolved in 1972, whereas the Ulster flag was the standard of an administrative division of Ireland, rather than its ruler or ruling body. It was announced by Home Affairs, upon the banner’s introduction, that the Union Flag remained the only recognised standard, but permitted the banner’s use. The banner ceased to have any official recognition upon the abolition of the parliament. It’s current use continues in very much the same manner as the Ulster flag, namely as a unifying symbol at various sporting events, and a divisive one in the political context, also being used by various paramilitary organisations and their supporters. The political basis for both banner and flag is historical, but the cultural relevance remains current; neither flag not banner have any official recognition.

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