The Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme

As part of the 1916 celebrations we were delighted to welcome Commandant Paul Clarke and Sergeant Major Jim Ahearne to St. Matthew’s for the presentation of the Irish flag and proclamation.

Commandant Paul Clarke and Sergeant Major Jim Ahearne gave a very informative talk about life in the army, and their many peace keeping missions. They spoke about the symbolism of the tricolour and how it was raised atop the GPO on O’Connell Street. They spoke about the proclamation which was originally read out by Padraig Pearse.

The hall was beautifully decorated with projects each class had undertaken. Our army visitors commented on the excellence of these projects and models.

As part of the ceremony, 6th class gave a very impressive powerpoint presentation on day by day events of the 1916 Rising. A question and answer session was held, and our visitors patiently answered many questions!

As ceremony drew to a close Commandant Paul Clarke read out part of the proclamation assisted by Oisín Hughes in 5th class. The Proclamation as Gaeilge was presented to Sol McDonogh Cunningham in 5th class. The Proclamation in English was presented to Rosie Muldowney in 5th class. The flag was then presented to Aoife O’Farrell in 1st class. The ceremony finished with an enthusiastic rendition of Amhrán na bhFiann. It was a memorable occasion for all!