Sheffield City Council apologises for apology over St Paddy’s Day flag mix-up

Sheffield City Council has been forced to apologise twice after a Welsh flag was accidentally erected on St Patrick’s Day in Sheffield yesterday.

Chrissy Meleady, of the Irish People’s Forum in Sheffield, said a reference to Ireland’s rugby loss in Cardiff was “quite an insult” and a “secondary slap”.

The council had congratulated Wales for beating Ireland in the Six Nations after describing the flag faux pas as a “basic error”.

Chrissy Meleady, of the Irish People’s Forum in Sheffield, said a reference to Ireland’s rugby loss in Cardiff was “quite an insult” and a “secondary slap”.

A second statement has now been released by the council, apologising “for any offence caused” by their previous statement.

The flag was present above Sheffield Town Hall on Sunday, and didn’t exactly fly when people noticed.

Eagle-eyed residents were quick to notice the red dragon passant does not in fact have any connection to Ireland.

Some joked a Welsh rugby fan had made the decision.

People in Sheffield celebrated the occasion in bars across the city – a nice distraction from the ongoing debate about the Welsh backstop. 

Featured image credit: @helencshipley on Twitter.