On the 8th of March, a delegation from the school attended the National Flag Presentation to Post-Primary Schools in Croke Park. It was the opening of a series of official celebrations commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. This was a very special event attended by the President and other dignitaries. The school was represented by Mr McTaggart and Mr McGroarty. The student representatives were Leaving Cert students Conor Mallon, Caomhnait Crossan and Niall Carr.
The event began at 12 o’clock, with 6,000 students and teachers from all over Ireland seated in the Cusack Stand. The MC for the day was RTE’s Ryan Tubridy. Proceedings began with a dramatized re-enactment of the words of the man who first flew the Tricolour, Thomas F. Meagher. This was followed by an excellent musical performance from traditional Irish group. The president then emerged onto the pitch to inspect the Defence Forces and gave an inspirational speech about the importance of our national flag.
Every school was then presented with a tricolour and a 1916 commemorative pack, which included copies of the Proclamation in English and Irish. It was a very enjoyable day and everyone involved was happy to have represented the school at this national event.