School Proclamation Day: March 15th, 2016.
Ceremony and Commemoration Celebration
To commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising and to celebrate 100 years since the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, representatives of the Defence Forces delivered a national Flag and a copy of The Proclamation to our school on Wednesday, October 14th, 2015.
Mr. Costello welcomed three members of the Defence Forces to our school. The Officer taught the children about how the National Flag should be cared for and the protocol that surrounds this vibrant symbol of our nation. The 1916 Proclamation was read out with the pupils from 6th Class reading a selected extract. To end the ceremony the National Anthem was sung by the school community.
The National Flag of Ireland, a tricolour of green, white and orange, symbolises unity between people of different traditions on this island. In addition, our National Flag is a symbol of peace and reconciliation on this island. From 1916 onwards, the tricolour captured the national imagination as the banner of the new revolutionary Ireland, and so became the national flag, enshrined in our constitution of 1937.
The 1916 Proclamation originated in the Irish Revolutionary period which began in 1916 and led to the birth of an Independent Irish State. The seven signatories of the proclamation - Clarke, MacDiarmada, MacDonagh, Pearse, Ceannt, Connolly and Plunkett - were important leaders in the Easter Rising of 1916.