Flags for Schools Initiative - Defence Forces Delegation present the Tri-Colour to Beaumont Hosptial School
Monday February 01, 2016
To commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising and to celebrate 100 years since the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, the Government has tasked Oglaigh na hEireann with delivering a National Flag to every Primary School in the country. This is a key part of the Ireland 2016 commemorative programme and will see members of the Defence Forces, in uniform, visiting schoolchildren, teachers and parents in over 3,200 schools across the Republic.
Each school will be visited by a team, led by an Officer or senior NCO, who will formally present the National Flag to the School in a special ceremony. This initiative will culminate on Proclamation Day on 15th March 2016, where every school will raise the National Flag in special ceremonies and the 1916 Proclamation will be read.
This morning (Monday 1st Feb) it was the turn of our School and the Defence Forces delegation delivered the Tri-Colour to the School in St Raphaels during a short 10 minute ceremony in which they explained to the schoolchildren about how the National Flag should be cared for and the protocol that surrounds this vibrant symbol of our nation.
Lt Aine McDonough and Sgt Larry Havens from the Defence Forces Training Center were ably assisted by 2 of our young patients Gary Smith from Perrystown in Dublin and Alan McCutcheon from Limerick, who read out some of the Proclamation.