Wednesday 23 August 2017

Children of the Rising honoured at the Áras

Artastic performers Catriona McGowan and Mary Duffin at Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday. Photo: Maxwells
Artastic performers Catriona McGowan and Mary Duffin at Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday. Photo: Maxwells
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

Amid pillow-fights on the lawn of Áras an Uachtaráin and a sumptuous afternoon tea, the 40 children who lost their lives amid a hail of bullets in the 1916 Rising were honoured in the most appropriate way possible.

The State Ceremonial for Children was one of the final events of the official State 1916 programme - and perhaps the most poignant of them all.

A lantern was placed to mark each young life snuffed out in a ceremony which left a lump in the throat and a time capsule was buried in the grounds, containing the hopes of today's children.

Some 200 young guests were invited to the event, from schools which participated in a report which gave the children's vision of Ireland, what they liked and what they would like to change.

The Irish language, culture and the warmth of the people stood out as strong positives.

Homelessness, alcohol abuse and suicide were some of their chief concerns.

President Michael D Higgins told the children, he was "certain" they will take better care of the world than his generation did.

Irish Independent

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