Proclamation Day: The day pupils remembered - and won't ever forget
There was singing and dancing and pageantry, striking works of art, carefully researched family trees as well as tree plantings, poignant recollections of relatives who fought, and perhaps died, in tumultuous events in Ireland 100 years ago - and vows to make Ireland a better country in the future. And there was much more.
When the nation's 4,000 primary and post-primary schools and third-level colleges were asked to do their bit to mark Proclamation Day, they embraced the challenge with enthusiasm and creativity.
Months of hard work across the education sector culminated in a unique and unforgettable day of remembrance and vision, with about one million students participating in events.
The preparations for Proclamation Day included the delivery of the Tricolour to every educational institution, all of which were raised yesterday, flying high over schools and colleges from Allihies to Annagry and all the way east.
The flag-raising was followed by a reading of the Proclamation by a student, staff member or special guest and a reading of the school's own Proclamation for a New Generation, setting out pupils' hopes and ideals for the future, rounded off by a presentation of each school's own contribution to the special day.