Tartans had been in Europe since the 1400’s. There are dozens of Irish Tartans, most are arranged by county and district and are reminiscent of each particular County with soft warm colors One distinctive weave has been designated as the Irish National Tartan.
The Peace Sign one of the most recognized symbols in the world was adopted as its badge by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in Britain, and originally, its use was confined to supporters of that organization. It was designed and completed February 21, 1958 by Gerald Holtom, a commercial designer and artist in Britain. He had been commissioned by the CND to design a symbol for use at an Easter march to Canterbury Cathedral in protest against the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston in England.
The symbol itself is a combination of the semaphore signals for the letters "N" and "D," standing for Nuclear Disarmament. In semaphore the letter "N" is formed by a person holding two flags in an upside-down "V," and the letter "D" is formed by holding one flag pointed straight up and the other pointed straight down. These two signals imposed over each other form the shape of the peace symbol. In the original design the lines widened at the edge of the circle.
Today the symbol gives hope to millions living under war's oppression. With luck the blending of this symbol with the National Tartan of Ireland may inspire us all to work for peace everywhere.