Sunday 25 September 2016

Welcome for refugees among hopes for the next 100 years

Published 16/03/2016 | 02:30

Jack Flatley from Kilcolgan Educate Together NS, who raised the Tricolour on Proclamation Day. Photo: Andrew Downes
Jack Flatley from Kilcolgan Educate Together NS, who raised the Tricolour on Proclamation Day. Photo: Andrew Downes

Welcoming refugees, tackling homelessness and providing adequate education for all are among the dreams of schoolgirls in Galway for the 100-year anniversary of the Rising.

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Students in Kilcolgan Educate Together National School marked Proclamation Day with a list of hopes for the future.

The students urged the country to accept different nationalities and cultures seeking help.

"We would like to see an Ireland that will tackle homelessness, no one should be without a home.

"We also believe people who don't have a chance of education at the moment should be given the chance," said Ellie Billet.

Grainne Hughes urged an end to racism, while Aibhlin Stewart called for all children to be treated equally, no matter what religion.

Younger students revealed how learning about the 1916 Rising had made them think about the future. Dara O'Dowd's great-grandfather Patrick Walsh fought with the rebels in Galway during the Rising.

"I was kinda surprised when I learned I had a family member in the Rising. I felt honoured in a way," he said.

"A hundred years ago they fought for independence. I hope in 100 years time children will celebrate this again," said Roan Downes (9).

Irish Independent

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