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30 Nov 2021

Marist students at national flag event

Education

Marist students at national flag event

Marist students their History teacher Ms Ni Dhoirnin and Fr. Jimmy McElroy s.m. joined

thousands of students from all over Ireland on Monday where they commemorated the 1916 Easter Rising at a flag ceremony in Croke Park

They joined groups of students and teachers from every secondary school in the country that attended the official state ceremony.

President Michael D Higgins gave a keynote address, telling attendees: “The Easter Rising of 1916 can, in many ways, be described as a stunningly ambitious act of imagination.

“Today it is up to our young people to take charge of change and imagine what Ireland might yet become.”

All the young people received a national flag and a copy of the 1916 proclamation.

The event marked the end of the Flags for Schools initiative, which began in September 2015, and saw every primary school in the state receive a visit from Irish military personnel who handed over a tricolour and copy of the proclamation.

The national flag, the Tricolour, was first raised in Waterford in 1848, before being brought to

Dublin by Irish volunteers prior to 1916.

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys, who is leading the Ireland 2016 programme, said the initiative has allowed school children to “reconnect with our national flag” and “fully understand its peaceful message”.

“The Flags for Schools programme has arguably been the most important of Ireland 2016 to date, bringing history to life for young people in an exciting and interactive way.  

“This is the start of what will be a very busy few weeks of commemorations, when I hope people right across the country will come together to remember our shared history, reflect on our achievements and re-imagine our shared future," she said. Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys, who is leading the Ireland 2016 programme, said the initiative has allowed school children to “reconnect with our national flag” and “fully understand its peaceful message”.

“The Flags for Schools programme has arguably been the most important of Ireland 2016 to date, bringing history to life for young people in an exciting and interactive way.  

“This is the start of what will be a very busy few weeks of commemorations, when I hope people

right across the country will come together to remember our shared history, reflect on our

achievements and re-imagine our shared future," she said.

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