Did you know that the original national color of Ireland was blue? Associated with Gormfhlaith (meaning "blue princess" and "illustrious princess"), the pre-Christian Gaelic mythological personification of Ireland and of the Sovereignty of Ireland (Flaitheas Éireann), blue is also emblematic of the Old World European natives of Ireland ancestral to the Picts (themselves linked genetically to the Scots-Irish, as well as to the Scottish and indigenous Britons). My own ancestral genetic maternal lineage is Pictish.
In early Irish mythological texts, Irish sovereignty was depicted as a woman dressed in a blue robe. Indeed, the coat of arms of the new Kingdom of Ireland at its creation consisted of a gold harp on a blue background.
Gormfhlaith is an etymological combination of the Irish words gorm (meaning blue) and fhlaith (meaning sovereign). Gormfhlaith is the name of several 10th and 11th century dynastic Irish queens.
The nationalistic use of the color green in Ireland only emerged during the era when Catholic bishops and some noblemen tried to oust the Protestant powers from Dublin in the 17th century. A gold harp on a green background became the flag of the Irish Catholic Confederation of Ireland.
The nationalistic Scots-Irish banner of Protestant Northern Ireland depicts the Red Hand of Ulster (heralding back to the Red Branch Warriors of the Scottish-Pictish goddess Scáthach). The Ulster Banner is also known as the Red Hand Flag.
Scáthach (also Sgàthach an Eilean Sgitheanach, Sgathaich, Scatha and Scota) was an ancient warrior queen and teacher of the Red Branch Warriors of Celtic legend. Legend informs us that Scáthach lived around 200 BCE, and thus, is a pre-Christian ancestral figure.
The name Scáthach means "the shadowy one" and "she who strikes fear". A shadowy phantom queen as is The Morrigan, Scáthach may be a tribal role-title, as is the role-title The Morrigan. Both Scáthach and The Morrigan have deep Old World Western Atlantic European Celtic-Pictish roots.
Scáthach, the Pictish warrior queen of early history and of my ancestral genetic maternal lineage, lived on the Isle of Skye, a Pictish island in the Western Hebrides. Eilean a' Cheò (meaning Island of the Mist) is the poetic Gaelic name of the island, further linking Scáthach with The Morrigan, an Old World Irish goddess and the High Priestess of the misty island of Avalon.