On March the 15 at noon, primary schools around the country marked a hundred years since the Proclamation was read by raising the national flag and reading again Padraig Pierse’s immortal words.
By Damian Moran
The students of Scoil Mhuire, Tullamore added to this wonderful occasion by reading their own proclamation – a vision for Ireland for the next hundred years.
In the glorious March sunshine the flag was raised high by Ava Browne of Junior Infants and 6th Class student Diana Cocis with the assistance of the chairperson of Scoil Mhuire’s Bord of Management Mary Theresa Lynch. The students sang a magical rendition of not only Amhráin na bhFiann, But Grace and of course the Offaly Rover.
Preparations for the day began on October16 last year when members of the Defence Forces, Sgt. Quinn and Gunner Scally presented Scoil Mhuire with the flag and a copy of the 1916 Proclamation.
Under the guidance of Ms. Bernie Fahy who co-ordinated the entire event the ceremony celebrated everything that makes us proud to be Irish.
It was a marvellous occasion for everyone involved and one that will live on in the memories of the children as they grow up. Even the builders downed tools to join in the celebrations.