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On Tuesday, March 15th, in common with schools throughout the country, F.C.J. Secondary School, Bunclody, held Proclamation Day Ceremonies to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising.


The principal, Ms. Frances Threadgold, began the proceedings by extending a warm welcome to guests Very Rev. Laurence O’Connor, P.P. and Ms. Barbara-Anne Murphy, local County Councillor, George & David Raleigh, school caretaker and gardener respectively, teachers and all 2nd year students.   In her speech, Ms. Threadgold said, “Today our focus is on two very important symbols of our Irish nation – the Tricolour and the 1916 Proclamation.    Shortly after noon on Monday, 24th April 1916, Padraig Pearse stood under the pillars of the GPO in Dublin and read the Proclamation of the Irish Republic to the people of Ireland.    The reading of the Proclamation signalled the start of the Easter Rising and set in motion a chain of events that would eventually lead to Irish independence in 1922.”     She also said that, “Just before Pearse started reading out this Proclamation, a green, white and orange banner – the Irish Tricolour – had been hoisted by the insurgents onto the roof of the GPO.   That flag, which was little known even among the rebels, quickly became accepted as the unquestioned symbol of the Irish independence movement.”   Ms. Threadgold concluded by saying, “It is my hope on this Proclamation Day that, through education, you our young people will play your part to continue the work of building, together, a society in which all of our citizens can flourish.


Three students, Aoife Doyle, Hugh McInerney & Peter O’Toole, read the 1916 Proclamation in Irish and English, and Jack Ryan recounted the story of Thomas F. Meagher who brought the Tricolour to Ireland in 1848 and stated the significance of the particular arrangement of colours he wished to see adopted as the emblem of the Irish nation:  “The white in the centre signifies a lasting truce between Orange and Green and I trust that beneath its folds the hands of Irish Protestants and Irish Catholics may be clasped in generous and heroic brotherhood.

The tricolour was then raised by Messrs. George & David Raleigh.     Three students, James Kearney, James Kelly & Oisín O’Brien, who are members of the Enniscorthy Re-enactment Society were present in authentic Irish Volunteer uniforms.IMG_5781a

During the ceremony, Michael O’Leary played a slow air on the uileann pipes and Bronwyn Castles played ‘Mise Eire’ by Sean Ó Riada on the trumpet.



The ceremony was concluded by the singing of the National Anthem, led by vocalist, Ciara Kinsella, accompanied by Oran Fitzpatrick on keyboards and Liam Ascott on drums.     The excellent organisation of the ceremonies was undertaken by history teacher, Ms. Simone O’Neill.

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