The first visual record we have of Meagher’s tricolour appears on a very special tapestry that is now on display in the National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks.
Stephen Stokes enlisted in the British army, transferring to the Dublin Metropolitan Police in 1836, retiring in 1855. Over 20 years, he sketched 250 figures in 31 panels showing many scenes from military and police life in Ireland.
The illustration of the unsuccessful 1848 rebellion at the bottom of the tapestry shows the engagement between the police and the rebels at ‘Widow McCormack’s cabbage-patch”. To the left of the burning cottage, seven armed police led by a mounted officer face off against four rebel figures.