Proclamation Day at St. Conaire’s

March 15 2016 was Proclamation Day.  St. Conaire’s N.S. marked the day with a special ceremony in our school garden.  Over 500 pupils, staff and visitors took part in the event.  Our Tricolour was presented to the school by the Defence Forces earlier this year.  A new flagpole was installed as a centre-piece in the garden.  Pupils have been learning about the significance of our national flag, the Proclamation from Easter 1916 and the Easter Rising.  Pupils from the Student Council read the 1916 Proclamation to the gathered assembly.

Our commemorative programme hit a high note today with the first flying of the Tricolour.  The flag was displayed to the pupils and its significance was explained.  Ms. Bulfin related a piece of her family history to the audience and she told how her ancestor, Eamon Bulfin, hoisted the flag over the GPO on Easter Monday 1916.  Ms. Bulfin then presented the Tricolour to 6th class pupil Vicky and Senior Infant William who brought it to the flag pole.  6th class pupils provided a dignified guard of honour to our national flag.  With  the help of our caretaker John and Ms. Bulfin, William and Vicky raised the flag and it now flies proudly over St. Conaire’s.  The pupils then sang Amhrán na bhFiann.  We then shared some items which were used in the period 1916-1923 with the pupils.  It was a fantastic, active whole-school learning experience.  Our thanks goes to all who helped out on the day:  the pupils, teachers, staff, Mick Maguire and John our caretaker.  Táimid bródúil bheith páirteach san ócáid speisialta seo.  You may see pictures of the even by clicking on the following link:  Proclamation Day at St. Conaire’s

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