During the ceremony, some of the children in 4th, 5th and 6th Classes dressed up as the seven signatories and two of the many influential women involved in The Rising. Pupils in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Classes remembered the children who lost their lives, by placing a flower with each child’s name and age on it, on a display board. The Junior and Senior Infants pupils explained the symbolism of the tricolour and gave some interesting facts about our National Flag.
The Proclamation of 1916 was read aloud and then Brian O’Neill, 6th Class pupil, read a new proclamation composed by the pupils in his classroom, reflecting the values, ideas and aspirations of the generation of 2016.
Each classroom made a large 3D construction of some of the key buildings which were involved during The Rising. These, along with other displays of the pupils work could be viewed in the General Purpose Room in our school.
There was music, song and dance while all the time remembering and reflecting with pride the historical events in our country’s history.
The ceremony was drawn to a close when we all gathered on the front lawn where The National Flag was raised in glorious sunshine. James Fahy from 6th Class, the oldest pupil in our school had the privilege of raising the flag while Amhrán na bhFiann was sung enthusiastically by all present.
Special thanks to Isabel for the photos and video clips and to Aoife Boyle for the beautiful harp music which really added to our ceremony.
Finally, thank you to everyone who came along and made this a momentous day in our country’s history.