Flying high: Air Corps delivers the Tricolour to islands
Published 20/01/2016 | 02:30
The children of Tory and Arranmore islands off the coast of Donegal rarely have visitors dropping by - but this was one special flying visit.
The Defence Forces have been touring the country, delivering the Tricolour and a copy of the Proclamation to every national school ahead of the centenary commemorations of the Rising this Easter.
And island children are not missing out - although our inclement weather has meant they have had a long wait as previous attempts have been called off.
The Air Corps, accompanied by the Irish Independent, flew to Tory and Arranmore islands yesterday - and fog nearly scuppered the mission once again.
However, the crew were given permission to use Northern Ireland's airspace, which allowed us to fly the "long route" around Belfast to Malin Head, before reaching the islands.
First up was Arranmore, where we visited Scoil Aphóirt and Scoil Árainn Mhór - both of which have fewer than 20 pupils each. Led by Lt Colonel Ronan Verling, the Proclamation was read out to the class, before the Tricolour was presented to the school.
Then it was off to Tory, where we visited Scoil Náisiúnta, which has just nine pupils. All of the children said they knew of the Rising, but one little boy from Scoil Náisiúnta summed it up best, saying: "It was a big fight in Dublin between the Rebels and the British."