The Society of United Irishmen was instrumental in the development of the harp as a national symbol, particularly during the 1798 rebellion.
The Society’s seal device shows an elaborate harp with two mottoes ” It is now strung and shall be heard” and “Equality”. The cap of liberty, replacing the imperial crown, recalls that given to freed Roman slaves and is a recurring freedom motif in classical art.
Robert Emmet tried to continue the United Irishmen’s revolution in 1803.
He used a similar flag with the slogan “Erin Go Bragh’
Your author categorically denies that he is now, or has at anytime, been a member of the United Irishmen.
(If you don’t believe in reincarnation)