There was great excitement around the school today when we commemorated the 1916 rising with a display of music, art and drama. The ceremony began with the reading of the proclamation followed by a performance of ‘The Foggy Dew.’ After this the students got in character as the leaders of the Rising, each narrating their personal story and role in the Rising. All sang ‘Oró Sé Do Bheatha Bhaile’ by Pádraig Pearse. This was followed by a beautiful performance of ‘Grace’ by Lauren, Sophie and Michael which details Joseph Plunkett’s marriage to Grace Gifford. Then Keisha and Emma read out a new proclamation outlining our hopes for the future of Ireland and for our school community. This was signed by class representatives from the school council. We then gathered outside for the flag ceremony. The flag was hoisted to the tune of our national anthem ‘Amhrán na bhFiann.’ Well done everybody for all your hard work in making today a truly special commemoration day.