Wednesday the 9th of December was truly a remarkable day for Scoil Aonghusa CNS. We received a visit from two members of Óglaigh na hÉireann, the Defence Forces, who as part of Ireland’s Centenary Programme to commemorate the 1916 Rising delivered an Irish Flag and a copy of the Proclamation of the Republic of Ireland to our school.
We enjoyed a short overview of our nations place in history before Sergeant Chris Hoare explained the background to our proclamation. Ryan Kilgore, 5th Class, had the honour of reading an extract from it. Sergeant Hoare and Gunner David Walsh then explained the origins of our flag and the rules that accompany it. We heard the reasons for it’s colours and were reminded of how to respect our flag. Finally, Sergeant Hoare presented the flag to our oldest students, Tadhg O’Riordan and Jorja Holland. To conclude our ceremony, we all stood to attention and enthusiastically sang Amhrán na bhFiann.
Please click here to access the Ireland 2016 website for further information on the Centenary of the 1916 rising.
This was a day that will live long in the memory of all of us here at Scoil Aonghusa CNS. Our pupils will be learning a lot about the events and significance of 1916 over the coming months, culminating in the raising of the national flag on ‘Proclamation Day’ March 15th 2016.
Sergeant Hoare with a rapt audience.
Sergeant Chris Hoare and Gunner David Walsh with pupils and staff of Scoil Aonghusa C.N.S.