School in Kildare town gets national flag as part of upcoming 1916 centenary

The Educate Together School in Kildare town today got a free national flag as part of the nationwide initiative to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising. A member of the Defence Forces, Sgt Eddie O'Neill distributed a handmade Tricolour and a copy of the proclamation to principal Gerry Breslin and pupils. Sgt O'Neill also provided background information on the symbolism of the Tricolour and the etiquette attached to its display and storage. Primary schools were also encouraged to research their own family history back 100 years and see what their ancestors were doing around the time of the Rising. A total of 3,300 schools across the country will see members of the Army, Air Corps and Navy raise the flag and read the proclamation to pupils and teachers. The initiative will culminate with a dedicated Proclamation Day in all schools on March 15 next year.

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