Commemoration Day at Kilteevan NS

Last Tuesday (March 15th) was Commemoration Day at Kilteevan National School as the children were joined by teachers, parents and community members for an impressive programme of events to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising.

  Inside the school 5th and 6th class gave a summary of the events of 1916. Cormac Dolan followed this by reading the poem ‘Mother’ by Padraig Pearse to all assembled. Then in pairs the assembled children walked the crowd through the projects they have been working on all year. Subjects covered ranged from the leaders, women and children of the Rising to an explanation of the tricolour.

  The children then read a piece from the original proclamation and then read new proclamation which they had written for Ireland 100 years later. It read: “We, the children of the 21st century, want to proclaim, for another hundred years, that Ireland is a great and good country. We want a safe, green environment, free from litter and water pollution with clean, fresh air. We respect the rights of animals. We welcome people from all around the world, who wish to become Irish citizens, no matter where they come from or their backgrounds. In Ireland, everyone deserves the same rights. No one should be treated differently because of the colour of their skin or what they believe. The children of Ireland are extremely important. We are the future generation of this country. All children should continue to have the right to an education. We should promote our native language and culture in all schools. We believe that all citizens have the right to good healthcare. We believe that the older citizens of our country should be treated with care, dignity and respect. We should try to house our homeless and eliminate homelessness. This is our 2016 proclamation of how we want our county to be, to secure it for the next generation.”

  Proceedings were then moved outside where Fr. Sean Beirne raised the Tricolour in a solemn ceremony as the students both sang and performed Amhrán na bhFiann on their Tin Whistles. Congratulations are due to principal Collette Brennan and Claire Lynch, Cara Cunningham, Susan O’Connor, Eithne Merriman and Maurgueitte Croughan on staging such an informative and reflective event.