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Commonwealth Corrections

National newspaper The Sun published a brief apology after publishing an incorrect flag in one of their articles. The article was a feature length spread relating to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, to be held over the next week. The paper mistakenly selected the Republic of Ireland flag rather than the Northern Ireland flag, which should have featured.

Is it an easy mistake to make? With regard to the commonwealth easy blunder but critical, as Ireland are surprisingly not members of the commonwealth. The error was inflated by the drastic differences between the two flags.


There are 54 countries that hold commonwealth membership. The Queen is Sovereign in 16 realms and heads the Commonwealth association itself. Interestingly, Ireland voluntarily decided to withdraw their membership from the commonwealth in 1949, potential creating the confusion.

Northern Ireland currently sits in 12th place in the medals table following Lisa Kearney’s eventful bronze medal winning Judo fight. Best of luck to the rest of the Northern Irish team, we hope nope of you saw The Sun’s little slip up!

Flag_of_IrelandThe Ulster Banner (1953 – 1972)

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Charlotte Thomas-Lines

Charlotte Thomas-Lines is one of our talented Sales Executives at Flagmakers. She's responsible for a number of our key accounts and dealing with new enquiries.

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