1916 Commemoration

To commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising and to celebrate 100 years since the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, the Government has tasked Óglaigh na hÉireann with delivering a National Flag to every Primary School in the country.

We had a lovely ceremony on Tuesday March 15th involving the whole school community which culminated with the raising of the National Flag and singing our National Anthem, Amhrán na bhFiann. Past pupil, Captain Mark Cullagh presented the flag to the school, explained its meaning to us and finally raised the flag to full mast.

We also had performances from some of our pupils, the school band and choir and the proclamation was read by members of BOM, PA, pupils and teachers. Thank you to all involved in making this a very memorable and special day for our students.

Click on the link to see a video of the Raising of the flag /kildaredecadeofcommemorations/

Thank you Mario Corrigan for this video.

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Background Information

Easter Rising 1916

The Easter Rising was an armed rebellion against British rule in Ireland that began on Easter Monday and lasted a week.

Shortly after midday on Monday April 24th 1916 Padraig Pearse stood outside the GPO and read a proclamation which declared ‘the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland’. This announced the establishment of a republic and the provisional government.  The rebellion was plotted in secret by seven men, all of whom signed the proclamation. Their names are Tom Clarke, Sean Mac Diarmada, Padriag Pearse, James Connolly, Thomas MacDonagh, Eamonn Ceannt and Joseph Plunkett. In signing the proclamation, all men committed to seeing the revolution through to the end. In doing so they sealed their fate by signing the proclamation and leading an armed revolution against the British Empire which carried a heavy price. In total sixteen men were executed by the authorities. No one could have foreseen the tidal wave of public sympathy that would side with these rebels as they were all sentenced to death and executed one by one. Fourteen of the leaders were shot in the stone breakers yard of Kilmainham goal. Thomas Kent, who had no part in the Rising, was shot in Cork jail and Roger Casement, captured in a ringfort in Co. Kerry after attempting to import German guns on a submarine for the rebels was tried for treason in London and hanged. A grim end indeed for such brave and gallant men but their lives were ‘the blood sacrifice’ (P.H. Pearse) that would revive Ireland.

In total, sixty-four rebels died in action during Easter week and sixteen were executed. There were 132 casualties in the British army and Dublin Metropolitan police and 230 civilian died as a result of the fighting. Among these 230 civilians, 40 of them were children under the age of sixteen who lay dead when the fighting ceased. It would be the sixteen executed leaders who would become the martyrs of Easter Week and provided the inspiration for the subsequent revolution in Ireland.

 

Patrick Whitlow