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Monday March 7th saw the culmination of the Ireland 2016 Flags for Schools programme when a representative groups of students and teachers from every secondary school in the country received a National Flag and a copy of the Proclamation at a special ceremony in Croke Park.  Leanne Doherty (R. Maebh) received the flag on behalf of Coláiste Bríde.

The Flags for Schools initiative, a partnership with the Defence Forces and the Department of Education and Skills, has proven to be a hugely popular and successful initiative, with over 3,200 schools receiving their own handmade tricolour and special pack which included a copy of the Proclamation and booklet on care of the flag.

The ceremony, which was held in collaboration with the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation, included a keynote address by President Michael D. Higgins, and is the first of its kind in the history of the state.  The National flag, the Tricolour, was first raised in Waterford in 1848 by Thomas Francis Meagher and was brought to Dublin prior to 1916 by Irish Volunteers from Waterford City. 

The ceremony was brought to a close with a special performance by Seo Linn.  We were proud to take part in such a momentous ceremony.

Following this, on Tuesday March 15th we held our own flag raising ceremony here at the school with the flag we were presented with at Croke Park.  The entire student body took part along with staff and representatives from the Defence Forces.  It was both a proud and poignant moment.  It gave us all a chance to really be a part of the momentus commemorations for 1916 and was a wonderful occasion to share as a school.

 

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1916 Commemoration Week in Coláiste Bríde

There are currently a number of school related events planned for Commemoration week which will take place in Coláiste Bríde from 14-16th March, 2016.

Coláiste Bríde will commemorate the centenary of the 1916 rising to celebrate 100 years since Padraig Pearse read the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.  This freedom charter promotes equal rights and equal opportunities for all citizens.  It is our goal to promote a community which is tolerant and inclusive to all, and to reflect on our achievements over the past 100 years.

Over the coming weeks there will be a collection of material related to the 1916 Rising on view throughout the school.  Alongside this there are a number of school related activities taking place.  These include:

  • Participation in the Thomas Meagher Foundation Scholarship, whereby one student from schools nationally will be selected to participate in a competition with the hope of winning a scholarship for a leading University
  • An in-house 1916 Commemorative Poster Competition
  • The planting of trees by both students and teachers to commemorate the 1916 leaders
  • A History Treasure Hunt
  • A Digital Presentation for all students
  • A student re-enactment of the Revolution
  • Raising the Irish flag proclamation day  (15th March)
  • Renaming rooms after prominent figures of 1916
  • Organise a visit from the Irish Defence Forces
  • Home-ec commemorative bake-off (see Ms. Murphy)

 

Each department within the school will be promoting Commemoration week within the school, which we will keep you posted with on our website and twitter account.

Please find below links to the various competitions that are currently being promoted amongst students of all levels within the school:

https://www.scoilnet.ie/ireland2016

The Department of Education and Skills, the public library service and Libraries Development, Local Government Management Agency are holding the A Poem for Ireland Poetry Competition for post-primary schools, as part of the commemoration events for Ireland 2016. Deadline for entries to their History teacher is 29th February.

http://www.librariesireland.ie/services-to-schools/post-primary-schools/1916-commemorations-poetry-competition/

Please find a further link to a list of State Ceremonial events planned by the Department of the Taoiseach.

http://www.taoiseach.gov.ie/eng/Historical_Information/1916_Commemorations

 

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