We had a special assembly this week with Lt. Luke O’Sullivan and Damien Mc Bride attending the school to give us a copy of the 1916 Proclamation and Irish tricolour flag. The event is part of the 1916 commemorative celebrations which will be taking place throughout the country in the run up to Easter in 2016.
Lt. O’Sullivan spoke to the pupils about the Rising itself before reading the Proclamation. 6th class pupil Hannah Fitzsimons read the fourth paragraph.
AA then read the foreword to the Padraig Pearse poem The Mother, before KW then read the poem itself. Pearse, one of the seven signatories of the Proclamation, wrote the poem in Kilmainham jail, the night before he was executed, along with his brother.
Lt. O’Sullivan then took questions from the pupils about the flag and his role in the Irish Army. The tricolour should always be the highest flag on display, should never touch the ground and should fly freely away from trees or other objects.
The flag design was based on the French tricolour and was first flown in the mid 1800’s in Waterford. The pupils wished both representatives well. Lt. O’Sullivan heads on a peacekeeping mission to Syria after Christmas.
The event was concluded with a rousing rendition of Amhrán na bhFiann