42 15 March. Proclamation Day. Schools across the county hosted a special national flag raising ceremony and reading of the Proclamation. Many schools held other events such as ceilidhs, plays, musical recitals, and readings. In Two-Mile-House National School, Shaun Pearse, 5th class, a great great grandson of James Connolly, had the honour of raising the flag. Another guest was Aileen Sheridan, a grandniece of Thomas McDonagh. In Scoil Bhríde, Kilcullen, the national flag was raised by pupil Jack Carroll, whose great, great grandfather Peter Celestine McPartlin, fought as a member of the Hibernian Rifles in 1916. Rathcoffey resident, Bernie Campbell, was less than five months old when the 1916 Rising took place in Dublin. He raised the flag on the day in St. Mochua’s National School. In Scoil Ide Naofa, Kilmeade, Aaron Buckley wore his grandfather’s medals at the flag raising and reading of the Proclamation ceremonies. The Nurney school celebration was attended by two great, great, great, grandchildren of James Connolly, Megan Broughall Pearse and Gavin Brennan Pearse. In St. Conleth’s Infant School, Newbridge, Louis Brugha, great grandson of Cathal Brugha and his father, Ruairi Brugha, raised the National Flag. 16 March. Newbridge Local History Group launched Newbridge in 1916 at Bord na Móna in the former Reading and Recreation Room of Newbridge Barracks. 17 March. Many of the St. Patrick’s Day parades in Co. Kildare had a 1916 theme. The Athy Parade theme was ‘Life in Athy in 1916.’ The theme of the Newbridge parade was ‘1916 to 2016 – Commemorating 100 Years,’ and was led by the Order of Ex-Servicemen and Women’s Pipe and Drum Band. Leixlip’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade was led by Parade Marshal, Tom Malone, lifetime president of St. Mary’s GAA Club, who has family links with the 1916 rebellion. Comórtas Drámaíochta ‘Súil siar ar 1916,’ Moat Theatre, Naas. Comórtas drámaíochta trí Ghaeilge atá ar oscailt do gach grúpaí óige/drámaíocht/scoil lonnaithe i gCo Chill Dara amháin. 19 March. ‘A Salute to 1916’ exhibition at Craddockstown Golf Club by Pat Cullen. 20 March. Celbridge pianist and composer, Barbara Dunne, launched a CD in the Victorian Tearooms, Straffan Antiques, Barberstown, featuring sixteen classic Irish melodies of the 1916 era recorded as piano music. 22 March. Athy 1916 Commemoration Committee Lecture Series began in the Community Arts Centre, Woodstock Street, Athy, with ‘Foremost and ready. Kildare and the 1916 Rising,’ by James Durney. A history talk on Ardclough and the 1916 Rising was hosted by Eoghan Corry in Ardclough GAA with stories from descendants of those who were involved. 23 March. Madame de Markievicz on Trial, a play written by Ann Matthews and directed by Anthony Fox was presented in the Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge. 24 March. The 1916 Rising Oral History Collection launched by Irish Life and Lore on Easter Thursday, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge. It featured nine recordings compiled by Maurice O’Keefe, given by family members of Tom Byrne, organiser for County Kildare; Domhnall Ua Buachalla, Maynooth Company, Irish Volunteers; Pat and Jim Dunne, Kill Company, Irish Volunteers; Thomas Harris, Prosperous Company, Irish Volunteers; Seán McGlynn, Monasterevin, South Dublin Union garrison; Frank Burke, Carbury, GPO garrison; Eamon Broy, Rathangan, Dublin Metropolitan Police; Capt. Harry de Courcy Wheeler, British Army staff officer.