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Proclamation Day: Raising the Flag in Sallins on 15th March 2016

On this lovely sunny spring morning over 700 children, the wider school community of St Laurence's National School along with all the other primary schools in the country gathered to raise the national flag and honour 'The Proclamation'. All the children from junior infants to sixth class participated in our ceremony. Children from third to sixth classes composed and read their 'Proclamation for a New Generation'. Two fifth class children told us the story of the Irish flag. As noon approached, Retired  Lieutenant General Colm Mangan, aided by his grandson, Ciarán, stepped forward to raise the national flag on this historical occasion. Beneath the flag four members of staff read 'The Proclamation of the Republic' just as Patrick Pearse did on the steps of the G.P.O. on Easter Monday, April 24th 1916. Our ceremony drew to a close with all those congregated singing 'Amhrán na bhFiann'.

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Commemorating the Centenary of the 1916 Rising

On the morning of Monday 28th September 2015, two members of Óglaigh na hÉireann (the Irish Defence Forces) came to our school to present us with an Irish Flag and a copy of the 1916 Proclamation. All the children from our fourth, fifth and sixth classes were in the hall to await this special presentation. Also some of our musicians were there to help enrich proceedings. The children were asked about the Irish Flag and the significance of the tricolour. They answered all the questions about the flag really well. The significance of the 1916 Proclamation was explained to the children. The children were told that the 1916 Proclamation was a very important document at a time in Irish history which led to the birth of an independent Ireland. They were told that the 7 signatories of the Proclamation played a large part in the 1916 Easter Rising.  After being informed of the protocols of the national flag, one of the children was presented with the Irish Flag. We were asked to raise this flag on 15th March 2016 - when all schools will raise the Irish Flag. A second child read some of the Proclamation aloud. Then another pupil was presented with a copy of the 1916 Proclamation. At the end of the presentation the music group introduced 'Amhrán na bFhiann' and all those gathered sang our national anthem together.

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