He never got to unfurl it as the rebellion failed pretty miserably. He was captured and sentenced to death. That was commuted and he was transported to a penal colony in Australia. Eventually he escaped and became a Brigadier-General in the Unionist Army during the American Civil War.
When it was unfurled over the GPO during the 1916 Rising it was a symbol of Irish nationalist militarism. It was adopted as the flag of state from about 1919, but was only given constitutional status as late as 1937.
Anyhoo, there's the story (with a few tangents) about the Irish flag. :-)
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