Flying the Irish Tricolour on the QE2

Flying the Irish Tricolour on the QE2

The Queen Elizabeth 2 is a British ship, and it’s likely that many of the passengers were British too. I spotted one large Union Jack flag draped over a railing and people on the ship waved mini Union Jack flags too. That sort of gets under the skin of many Irish people.

A huge crowd had gathered on the quayside at Cobh. A band was playing and people cheered and waved as the ship departed. The atmosphere was great but when the Irish Tricolour appeared on the roof of the ship, being waved by a young man, the crowd let out a huge cheer, and whistled and clapped in appreciation.
They were still waving the Irish flag as the ship left the harbour. I spotted them after she turned!

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 88mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/100s

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  • redmum October 3, 2008 Reply

    Ha this is great, excellent :)

  • oide October 3, 2008 Reply

    A great shot. The guys will be delighted! They are Irish marine engineers.

    The one on the right is looking out for his girlfriend and Irish Navy buddies. He is a 2008 graduate of the National Maritime College of Ireland, (Ringaskiddy, Cork) and has the distinction of being the last Cunard Cadet on the QE2.

    The next stop after Liverpool is a possible courtesy mooring off the Isle of Man on Friday, October 3rd then arrival in Belfast on Saturday, October 4th at 11.00 a.m.

    Every passenger receives a mini Union Jack for the departure from Southampton. The QE2 voyages are marketed as a British Experience eventhough Cunard is owned by Carnival, an American company.

  • Donncha October 3, 2008 Reply

    redmum – thank you!

    oide – good to hear that! Please pass on the URL of this page when you get a chance, they certainly made an impression on the crowd in Cobh!

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