Ireland has bright and tolerant future ahead, says minister
Pupils' understanding of the ideals of the Proclamation, and the human sacrifices made by the signatories, impressed Arts Minister Heather Humphreys who visited four primary schools in Cavan and Monaghan for the Proclamation Day celebrations.
The minister believes that Proclamation Day will leave a lasting and positive legacy for the current generation.
She said it was wonderful to see how much the children had engaged with the entire centenary education programme.
"I was struck by how they understood the ideals of the Proclamation in its historical context, the huge sacrifices which were made by the signatories, but at the time same they appreciated that violent struggles are not something to aspire to today," Ms Humphreys said.
She said she was also "hugely impressed" by how in touch the young people were with what is happening in the world, and how attuned they were to some of the biggest challenges facing society.
"The same themes cropped up again and again in their own Proclamations, with a particular emphasis on equal rights and treating each other with respect. If the projects I saw today are anything to go by, Ireland will have a bright and tolerant future ahead," added Ms Humphreys.
The minister had a special word of thanks for teachers: "This was a government initiative, but it would not have been half as successful if teachers and parents didn't embrace it so thoroughly."