Get Our Northern Ireland flag (Ulster Banner) As An Emoticon

Northern Ireland flag in Kigali, Rwanda

Get Our Northern Ireland flag (Ulster Banner) As An Emoticon

As a Northern Irish nationalist, I am ashamed, dismayed, confused and angered by the fact that my country’s flag is not represented as an Emoticon. And no, I don’t mean the BRITISH Union Flag, or the IRISH tricolour or an IRISH Shamrock, I mean a specific Northern Ireland flag. None of the previous mentioned hat-trick are Northern Ireland specific. None of them. This is the Northern Ireland flag, end of debate (and who cares if it’s official or not, or was used before 1972 or after 1921 or not). This is our current flag to represent Northern Ireland around the world, in music, sport, tourism and everything:

Northern Irish nationalist posing at Saudi Arabia's "World's Highest Flagpole".

Northern Irish nationalist posing at Saudi Arabia’s “World’s Highest Flagpole”.

So I started a petition here – if you want the real Northern Ireland flag as an emoticon, please click here and vote, and share it, thanks:

Northern Ireland flag emoticon

Text: “Northern Ireland has been neglected by Social Media and Corporate Institutions who design “Emoticons” for apps, phones and social media platforms. It is ludicrous that “places” like Guernsey (not a FIFA country), Jersey (not a FIFA country), gay sex/relationship (not even a country), formula one (not even a country) etc. all have their flag options. Yet Northern Ireland doesn’t, while four other British Isles countries do (Wales, England, Scotland, Republic of Ireland). And don’t use the excuse that we could use a Union Flag (divisive), Irish Tricolour (divisive), Shamrock (it’s a leaf!) instead. We want our country represented properly. Sporting heroes like Rory McIlroy, Jonny Evans and Jonathan Rea all have pride in being from Northern Ireland. As do our celebrities such as Zoe Salmon, Mr. Tayto, Colin Murray and Tim Wheeler. None of us want to use another country’s flag to represent us. Instead we have to use the Nigeria flag in football and an uneasy mix of Irish and British flags for other posts. If you visit Tayto Castle or the Giant’s Causeway, you do not visit specifically Ireland or United Kingdom, you visit Northern Ireland. For locals, for tourists, for intelligent people we need our flag on there. We will fight and we will be right”.

#northernirelandflagplease

Get Our Northern Ireland flag (Ulster Banner) As An Emoticon

Get Our Northern Ireland flag (Ulster Banner) As An Emoticon

Get Our Northern Ireland flag (Ulster Banner) As An Emoticon

Get Our Northern Ireland flag (Ulster Banner) As An Emoticon

Get Our Northern Ireland flag (Ulster Banner) As An Emoticon

Get Our Northern Ireland flag (Ulster Banner) As An Emoticon

Get Our Northern Ireland flag (Ulster Banner) As An Emoticon

With my Northern Ireland flag at Chernobyl

Flying the Northern Ireland flag in Lviv, Ukraine

Flying the flag at FC Kairat

Flying my Northern Ireland flag in the mountains of Kazakhstan

Flying my well travelled Northern Ireland flag at the Dityatki Checkpoint

Flying my Northern Ireland flag in Kyrgyzstan

Flying the flag by the lake

I take my Northern Ireland flag everywhere I go

I take my Northern Ireland flag everywhere I go

With the travelling Northern Ireland flag (fleg)

Flag flying in Foyn Harbour, Antarctica.

Posing with some locals with my Northern Ireland flag.

Marc and I with Northern Ireland (Ulster Banner) and Catalonia Independence flags in Barcelona.

The hat-trick plus the wandering Northern Irishman’s flag

Northern Ireland flag in Bangor, Tasmania

Highest peak of Inca Trail

Nial and I flying the Northern Ireland flag at the Old City Walls and Gate, Baku

Posing with the Swaziland flag

Flying the Northern Ireland flag in Kuwait.

With our flags of Tunisia, Northern Ireland and Hong Kong

Northern Ireland flag and the naked snow dive in Jarvenpaa.

A Northern Ireland shirt, a beer, my flag, my Dad and some great lads – this is me.

Flying the Northern Ireland flag in Uzupis

The travelling Northern Ireland flag and hero Joey Dunlop Memorial.

With my Northern Ireland flag at the wall.

cacica football pitch

Northern Ireland flag on the pitch here in Cacica Salt Mine.

Flying my Northern Ireland flag at Puerta del Diablo

Northern Ireland flag at Estadio Azteca, Mexico City.

Flying the Northern Ireland flag in Hostel Green House before we left and headed to Rio…

Flying the Northern Ireland flag in Belem watching the last Quarter Final.

Flying my Northern Ireland flag at the Argentina v. Germany World Cup Final in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Mexico and Northern Ireland flags in Casa San Ildefonso, Mexico City.

Just about had time to fly the Northern Ireland flag at Misol Ha.

northern irish flag sri lanka

Backpacking in Galle – Northern Ireland flag next to a Sri Lanka one.

botswana football stadium

Flying my Northern Ireland flag at Botswana National Football Stadium.

Turkey fans pose with my travelling NI flag

northern ireland flag iraq

Backpacking in Iraq, flying the Northern Ireland flag in Sulaymaniyah with a hotel owner whose wife is IRISH!

dili east timor caz bar flag

Flying the Northern Ireland flag amongst other flags in Caz Bar, Dili.

northern irish camel

On the camel’s back with my Travelling Northern Ireland flag.

Myself and my good mate Richard flying the Northern Ireland flag at Stonehenge – one of my favourite backpacking spots in England.

Wearing my Northern Ireland football shirt and flying the flag with pride in Iraq.

northern ireland flag borneo

Flying the Northern Ireland flag pre sunset and still in darkness at the 8kilometre mark for climbing Mount Kinabalu in Borneo.

jonny blair from northern ireland

Flying the Northern Ireland flag all over the world – proud of my roots but I don’t choose to live there.

christmas day northern ireland flag shiraz

Touring Shiraz on Christmas Day with Diane, and my travelling Northern Ireland flag.

montevideo uruguay norn iron flag

Flying the Northern Ireland flag at one of the matches watching Penarol in Montevideo, Uruguay.

northern ireland flag in swaziland jonny blair

The ladies with my Northern Ireland flag.

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