Saturday 3 December 2016

Mayo school gets first of 3,300 flags for 1916

Published 15/09/2015 | 02:30

14/09/2015 Lt. Seamus Shannon speaking to Conor McDonagh aged 4 and his sister Kyla aged 7 at a ceremony in St. Patrick's National School, Cornanool, Castlebar, Co. Mayo where he presented them with a national flag and a copy of the 1916 proclamation. Kyla is holding a photograph of her Great Grandfather, Edward Ludden who served in The Irish Army between 1939 and 1946. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus
14/09/2015 Lt. Seamus Shannon speaking to Conor McDonagh aged 4 and his sister Kyla aged 7 at a ceremony in St. Patrick's National School, Cornanool, Castlebar, Co. Mayo where he presented them with a national flag and a copy of the 1916 proclamation. Kyla is holding a photograph of her Great Grandfather, Edward Ludden who served in The Irish Army between 1939 and 1946. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus

The first of 3,300 tricolours that will be delivered to schools around the country as part of the 1916 commemorations has been given to children in Mayo.

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Pupils at St Patrick's NS in Cornanool were visited by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Arts Minister Heather Humphreys and Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan yesterday for the launch of the Flags for Schools initiative.

The flag was presented to siblings Conor and Kyla McDonagh.

As part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, the Defence Forces will present a flag and a copy of the proclamation to every primary school in the country.

Mr Kenny described yesterday's event on the outskirts of his home town of Castlebar as "a very special occasion".

"In being here, we are helping to remember the great sacrifice of the people who fought in 1916 and after, so that this flag could be flown by its people, and that this nation could take its place among the world's free nations," he told pupils.

Ms Humphreys said the initiative would help children "gain a greater understanding of the work of the Defence Forces and the importance of our national flag, which symbolises the aspiration for peace between the different traditions on this island".

It is envisaged that all national schools will have received their national flag by Proclamation Day, next March 15.

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