A Terrible Beauty- Exposed! The trial of General Sir John Maxwell and Pádraig Pearse was performed in Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge on 7–8 April. This one act play was written by Mario Corrigan and directed by Lianne O’Shea. Its aim was to introduce the audience to the issues behind the Rising; to interpret or re-interpret it, and to examine what happened, why it happened, and its im- pact on the nation’s history. There were performances for students on Thursday and Friday. A Resource Pack for schools was developed in conjunction with the play. The pack includes the following: • 12 Worksheets – including a questionnaire, statistics and unusual facts, timeline of events, map and illustrations. • Script of the play: A Terrible Beauty Exposed! – The trial of General Sir John Maxwell and Pádraig Pearse. The audience participated in the drama as the jury in the fictional trial. • CD of songs performed by the Kildare tenor, Philip Scott, with music of the period. Thousands of budding poets in post- primary schools across the country worked on entries for A Poem for Ireland. Jane Rigby, St. Mary’s College, Naas, was the runner up in the national competition at Dublin Castle. A revolutionary idea to celebrate the Rising and the ideals of those who orchestrated it, came in the form of Proclamation Day, 15 March 2016, when every school across the county hoisted the National Flag in their schoolyards. Placing children and young people at the centre of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme and integrating historical exploration with a range of imaginative activities. Cuirfear leanaí agus daoine óga i gcroílár Éire 2016 Clár Comórtha Céad Bliain agus déanfar iniúchadh ar cheisteanna staire a chomhtháthú le réimse gníom¬haíochtaí samhlaíocha. 4 Youth and Imagination An Óige agus an tSamhlaíocht 24